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 cope with 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 its students, doctors and community health officers; the hospital library caters for Paediatrics and for Obstetrics but previously had no computers to access vital materials relating to women’s healthcare. ITSA has donated laptops for specific use in the library so the staff can access the electronic textbooks and resources.
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. This involves the accreditation of the maternity hospital in Freetown as a teaching hospital and will aim to train local doctors to become obstetricians and gynaecologists, in parallel with improving services at the hospital. 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.