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  Masanga Hospital
The Masanga Leprosy Hospital
* is a former leprosy hospital situated in Sierra Leone in West Africa.
* From 1964 to mid 90s it was run by the Seventh day Adventist Church, in agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone
* The initial emphasis was on the treatment of leprosy.
* It developed into a 200 bed primary health hospital treating other more common illnesses, such as River Blindness, Tuberculosis and Polio.
Throughout the long and violent civil war
that vandalized the country from 1991 to 2002
* the hospital was seized by the notorious rebels. When they left they destroyed a large part of the hospital.
*Patients and staff were displaced.
* The Adventist movement withdrew during the war and it was not possible to re-establish the hospital following the peace agreement in 2001. under 5,
Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries.
* It has a population of approximately 5.5 million.
* Duringthe war, 2-2.5 million refugees fled the country. They have since returned and the process of rebuilding the country is well underway.
* There is a great shortage of health personnel and hospitals.

• Half the population of Sierra Leone is under 15 years of age.

• The infant mortality rate of 148 per 1000 births is one of highest in the world.

• On average a woman gives birth to 6 children.

• The mortality rate amongst mothers is high at 2%, which is equivalent to approximately 4,500 deaths a year.

• The estimated number of births per year is 170,000.

• Children die from simple illnesses which, in the majority of cases, can be prevented. Malaria is the biggest killer. Other infectious diseases, i.e. pneumonia, meningitis, measles and diarrhoea constitute a large group

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