Medical Assistance Sierra Leone

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31 Grove Hill,Emmer Green

0118 3751432

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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 one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant mortality and globally the worst maternal mortality rates. 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.

In February 2010, Medical Assistance Sierra Leone and Consultant Neurologist Dr Lisk of Basildon Hospital with the Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone established the first functioning clinical epilepsy service in Sierra Leone. There was no such facility in the country. A network of 22 clinics are now established across the country. Over 5,000 people are now registered and receiving treatment for epilepsy through this initiative, and MASL is providing the anti-epileptic drugs used in this programme. A national education and awareness-raising programme brings forward patients for treatment and enables the provision of support and advice through Epilepsy Support Workers working across the country.

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