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Healey International Relief Foundation News: September 2017
--Turning Scars Into Stars--
 Report From Sierra Leone

With some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, increasing access in Sierra Leone to healthcare facilities that focus on this vulnerable population is critical.

Along with our in-country partner, Caritas-Freetown, we have opened a new hospital outside of Freetown in Waterloo. Its focus will be care for children from birth to 15 years, and antenatal and postnatal care for mothers. 

Our September Report from Sierra Leone details the first months in operation of the Christ the King Hospital.  Click here.
It's Back to School Time!!!

Newton ICC
First, we would like to report that none of the children in the ICC at Newton or Fatima House were affected by the floods or mudslide. In the past, there were problems with flooding at the Newton facility, but recent improvements to the drainage system  have corrected that problem.

At Newton, the children had three weeks of Summer School classes, and program manager James Nyamawa reports that summer school was very successful and "has motivated and given the children zeal for the next academic year."

At the end of August, the children received the results from their school exams, and we are very proud that most of the kids did receive scores that allow them to advance to the next class.  Pictured above left is Sulmatu Sesay who has been promoted to Class I.  Extra care will be given to those who need special attention to improve their scores.

School resumed in Sierra Leone in mid-September. We wish all our children the best during this school year, and we will ensure that they have all the resources to succeed!  

Flood & Mudslide Victims Receiving Assistance

Flood Mobile Clinic
The mobile clinic provides medicines free of charge.
Much work still remains to help the many thousands affected by the floods and mudslide in Sierra Leone.

Our efforts to provide healthcare services with our partner Caritas-Freetown via our mobile clinic and a hot meal feeding program with added partner Tzu Chi have been much needed by the communities.

As of late September, we had provided hot meals to 19,580 people and over 3,800 had received medical care at the mobile clinic.

September 25th marked the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

HealeyIRF projects in Sierra Leone will help achieve many of these goals. Through our Charity Health Network we will specifically address SDG #3 - Good Health and Well-Being.

In upcoming newsletter editions we will highlight other SDGs that our efforts support. Stay tuned!
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