The Country of Sierra Leone

The Country of Sierra Leone

 

The roughly 5,3 Million inhabitants of Sierra Leone are living in one of the countries with the highest annual density of rainfall in Africa. Vegetation and animal live are therefore widespread and plentiful. The up to 2000 m high mountain ranges, the 400 km Atlantic coastline and the many national parks and reserves all help to give the impression of a small paradise. But Sierra Leone does have another side to it: the perpetual fight for its rich mineral resources, including diamonds, resulted in an 11 year long civil war, which attracted worldwide attention due to its brutality. Children were taken from their families and used as soldiers; murder, torture, mutilation and the systematic rape and enslavement of women occurred on a daily basis. Although it was possible to hold two successive parliamentary elections since the end of the war in 2002, its consequences still slow reconstruction and development efforts. Sierra Leone is therefore considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world. The average life expectancy currently lies at around 46 years. Every fourth child dies before its fifth birthday.

 

Health care and the mission of the Homöopathen ohne Grenzen (HOG)

Outside the major cities a proper medical infrastructure is, practically speaking, non existent. The few hospitals and private clinics are poorly equipped and without sufficient staff. In addition, because of the general poverty of the population most people cannot even afford basic medical treatments. The Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone has therefore looked for cheap, yet effective, medical care for the entire population. Because of their success in other crisis regions around the world, our organisation was asked by the government of Sierra Leone to train medical personal in classic Homeopathy. This arrangement was made possible thanks to the Verein Sierra Leone Baden Württemberg e.V. (EAFA). We gladly followed this request and began to train the first 25 nurses in the provincial capital of Makeni, in November 2010. Because the training encompasses both practical and theoretical aspects, the HOG was already able to help many people during their last three instruction visits.

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