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UNICEF supports free healthcare programme for mothers and children in Sierra Leone

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  • Added: 2010-08-16 08:21:24
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28 year old Zanaib Conteh is four months pregnant. Having suffered a fall, she is in severe pain and has sustained trauma to her abdomen. She is rushed to the front of the line at hospital in…
28 year old Zanaib Conteh is four months pregnant. Having suffered a fall, she is in severe pain and has sustained trauma to her abdomen. She is rushed to the front of the line at hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone - and quickly receives attention. Yesterday Zanaib's family might have waited to bring her to the hospital for fear of incurring a fee. Today however, things are different. SOUNDBITE Osman Kamara, Zanaid's Brother-in-law: "if it wasn't for free healthcare, we would have had to go into debt." The healthcare system is severely under resourced to deal with the population of nearly 6 million. In a bold move the government of Sierra Leone have announced universal free healthcare to pregnant and lactating women and children under 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone: "It became a common practice for health workers to charge vulnerable patients to make up for inadequate salaries. From today this will change." Following the announcement women and children have flocked to hospitals and clinics around the country. SOUNDBITE Isa Tusannoh, Mother "Some of us don't have money to come to the hospital but now with this free healthcare we can bring our children." The rolling out of the free health care has involved months of painstaking planning. The government, with technical and logistical support from UNICEF and with funding from DFID have created a strong supply chain to hospitals and peripheral health units to ensure they are stocked <b>...</b>
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