The Kambia Appeal (www.kambia.org.uk), founded in 1992, is a UK-registered charity and now also a hospital link between Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the medical district of Kambia in Sierra Leone.
Our focus is on improving maternal and child health in the Kambia District by tackling a number of the causes of poor maternal health that contribute to the high rate of maternal and infant death in Sierra Leone.
These causes include:
- Poor community understanding of basic maternal health
- Limited transport access to health services in rural areas
- Financial limitation due to the poverty of rural communities
- Severe shortages of qualified health staff
- Poor health services and facilities
Over the years, we have helped to supply medicines, equipment, training for medical personnel and short-term voluntary medical aid. Our current projects are recipient driven with training of hospital and peripheral health unit staff in emergency obstetric care, basic surgical and nursing skills, and adult and neonatal resuscitation funded by a three year IHLFS grant. We also fund a motorbike ambulance service and rehabilitation of peripheral health units.
Medical students from a variety of medical schools in the UK have spent their elective in Kambia.
Current activities include:
- Transportation for Pregnant Women – Vehicles to link villages with health centres
- Maternity Waiting House – A hostel for high-risk pregnant women at Kambia Hospital
- Scholarships - Increasing the number of qualified medical staff in Kambia
- Training – Providing medical workers with the skills which will help reach the Millennium goal 5
- Visits from UK medical staff – UK medical workers supporting Kambia Hospital staff
- Equipment provision - Caesarean section instruments, delivery packs and resuscitation equipment
Charles and Abass – Sierra Leone from James Dowling on Vimeo.
Mr Richard Kerr-Wilson
Chairman of Trustees
c/o Mr David Holmes
The Women's Centre
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, GL1 3NN
Tel: 08454 222337