Reaching Every Child: Providing Preventative Health Services in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone – From May 28th-31st, Helen Keller International (HKI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and other partners, organized a week of health related activities throughout Sierra Leone. The objective was to ensure all children receive necessary primary health services, especially those “missed” by local health clinics. Mother and Child Health Week (MCHW), or ‘Mami en Pekin Welbodi Week’, is a twice-yearly event which provides health services and information to the general public. It is designed to enhance disease protection and accelerate child survival in Sierra Leone.
The May 2010 campaign included the following health interventions:
- Vitamin A supplementation (VAS) for children aged 6-59 months;
- Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) for children aged 0-59 months;
- De-worming (Albendazole) for children aged 12-59 months;
- Insecticide Treated Nets for children aged 0-6 months.