EMN News Online
At the Sierra Leone Investment and Donor Conference in London, President Ernest Bai Koroma asked for help from the international community to help fund his new health plan—a plan to offer free health care to pregnant women and children.
The article describes Sierra Leone as ranking “among the lowest in the world on the Human Development Index, second only to war torn Afghanistan, with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and one in five children dying before their first birthday. Poverty is extreme, with six out of 10 people unable to afford one meal a day, and medical fees are prohibitively expensive, with patients facing the equivalent of 25 days income for a simple doctors consultation.”
The article goes on to quote Beverley Collin, a health-policy adviser at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), as saying, “It is hugely encouraging and quite brave that the president has taken this step because the country is just pulling itself out of quite horrific circumstances.”
“We are hoping donors will pledge new money top help support this idea’, she said