Medical Assistance Sierra Leone was established in 2003 with the aim of supporting access to health care and urgent medical treatment for communities and individuals in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the poorest country in the world (UNDP 2004), with high infant mortality and globally the worst maternal mortality rates. The conflict, wide scale social disruption, population displacement, economic collapse, poverty and very poor living conditions along with limited access to quality health services are the major factors contributing to the current high mortality and morbidity. Life expectancy is just 39 years for men and 42 years for women. Those with rare and complex conditions face little prospect of getting treatment. Sierra Leone’s health infrastructure clearly requires support at all levels. However there are specific strategic areas where an input of resources can be expected to begin to save lives, improve health and well-being and better enable individuals to meet the vast development challenges facing their families and communities. MASL focuses on three areas of work: Reducing maternal mortality, Reducing child mortality and Facilitating access to treatment for those with rare and specialist medical conditions.
31 December 2018
Providing epilepsy support & medication for over 3000 people in Sierra Leone
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Epilepsy Support in Sierra Leone
Medical Assistance Sierra Leone and The Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone (EASL) are working together to support people with epilepsy in Sierra Leone. Through a partnership with Basildon Hospital, over 3000 patients have been diagnosed and are on a range of medication, procured and shipped from the UK. Large numbers of EASL’s membership have sustained injury, often serious and long-term, as a consequence of an epileptic seizure. People with epilepsy are less likely to receive an education or to generate a living income and more likely to live in extreme poverty. Misunderstandings about the condition, its causes and how it may be treated often leads to discrimination.
With the right type and dosage of anti-epileptic medication, about 70% of people with epilepsy could have their seizures completely controlled – transforming their lives and those of their families, and greatly reducing their vulnerability to serious injury.
Please consider donating towards the cost of maintaining the supply of medication for people with epilepsy. There are approximately 60,000 people with epilepsy in the country and we are working to ensure that they all have access to appropriate medication and support.