Path in Sierra Leone, Building Capacity of CSOs on Policy Advocacy. A four day workshop (6th to 9th May 2014) on Reproductive Maternal New born and Child Health (RMNCH) policy advocacy strategy organised by PATH.
The health of women and girls is particularly important to national development; however in Sierra Leone, early pregnancy and teenage child bearing serve as a significant hindrance to the health, wellbeing, progress and empowerment of adolescent and young women.
This is what we know, we lose 1 Sierra Leonean baby every 47 minutes and 5 women everyday in our country do not survive during child birth. The irony is this, giving life literally becomes a coin toss and yet the solutions to reducing the probability of death can be prevented if we had safe clinics that our women could deliver in.
Breastfeeding is one of the best ways a mother can give her baby the healthiest start to life. By putting an infant to the breast within an hour of birth, and thereafter maintaining this as the sole form of feeding for the infant’s first six months, a mother can ensure that important antibodies will be passed on, protecting the baby from life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Africell, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation among other partners; on Friday 17th May, 2013 supported the MamaYe campaign to reduce maternal and child mortality at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.