THE FREEDOM FROM FISTULA FOUNDATION
The Foundation works in partnership with the Freedom From Fistula Foundation which runs the Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) in Freetown. The AWC provides the only comprehensive fistula repair service in Sierra Leone with the capacity to treat up to 600 fistula patients every year. In addition, the Aberdeen Women’s Centre also provides free healthcare to pregnant mothers and children.
The AWC takes a holistic approach to the care of women and children and in 2010 opened its own maternity unit to provide the highest standards of maternal healthcare for the women of Sierra Leone, thus preventing the occurrence of obstetric fistula in the first instance and ensuring a safe environment for childbirth.
More than 200 babies are safely delivered each month and the AWC has a training programme for local midwives which will contribute to the development of long-term, sustainable maternity care in the country.
The Aberdeen Women’s Centre also runs an outpatient children’s clinic which treats more than 12,000 children each year, providing a primary care facility for children in the surrounding community including immunisations and health education.
The Aberdeen Women’s Centre is funded by the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, with support from UNFPA, UKAID and others including the Aminata Maternal Foundation.
THE ABERDEEN WOMEN'S CENTRE
One of the major challenges for maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone is the lack of resources, particularly in rural areas. The Aberdeen Women’s Centre argues that many community health centres would benefit from the provision of simple birth kits, beds and medical supplies, leading to significant health improvements for women and their children.
To this end, the foundation will provide birth kits, beds and other relevant supplies to community health centres in its operational areas in Sierra Leone.