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Patients and staff at Sierra Leone Masanga Hospital have clean running water at last following a BT Community Champions Award
Jan 28 2009, 09:28 AM

Cash aid helps water to flow.  Patients and staff at Sierra Leone’s Masanga Hospital have clean running water at last following a BT Community Champions award to Ed Cole.

BT’s £500 award is being used to connect a water purification machine into the hospital’s plumbing system. Currently patients, doctors and nurses carry water from a nearby well and pour it into the machine. The hospital is in a remote area 120 miles from the capital Freetown. Unusually for Sierra Leone, it is able to provide free services to patients because it is funded by UK charity Sierra Leonean Adventists Abroad. Group licensing executive Ed chairs the charity and is also deputy chair of the Masanga Hospital board. In these roles he works with both the UK and Sierra Leonean governments to secure support for projects such as medical volunteer placements, vocational skills training, rebuilding of another war-damaged hospital health services to the local population.

Ed himself volunteers with the hospital for ten days a year and in April ran the London Marathon and raised £1,000.

“Sierra Leone and Africa as a whole have a very poor record in infant mortality. In the worst areas 20 per cent of children die before their fifth birthday. One of our priorities is to improve the experiences of childbirth and motherhood in the local communities,” he said.

BT Today: Cash aid helps water to flow http://www.btplc.com/today/art83479.html

 

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