Supporting health care training in Sierra Leone
The Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) is the largest maternity hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. With one of the highest rates in the world for maternal deaths the hospital has to provide care for thousands of women, many of them pregnant teenage girls, coming through the doors every year.
It is vital that the hospital is able to train students and doctors to cope with the influx of patients but with inadequate educational resources the hospital has struggled. To help, ITSA has donated laptops so the staff can now access electronic textbooks and resources materials relating to women’s healthcare.
The donated laptops will support the hospital in becoming accredited as a teaching hospital which will train local doctors to become obstetricians and gynaecologists. Through a partnership with the John Hopkins University in the US and as part of the 1000+ OBGYN consortium, the hospital aims to improve capacity to provide women's healthcare by supporting postgraduate training. They are also collaborating with the Post Graduate Training Committee, a government-level body in Sierra Leone which is working to improve postgraduate training for doctors as part of the post-Ebola recovery plan.