Introduction

The UKFTSH is a fundraising UK based charity supporting Palliative Care in Sierra Leone. The funds raised are used both for patient care and health professional education. The aim of the charity is to fund the provision of sustainable palliative care in a country which has long struggled with some of the world’s worst health outcomes. The Government of Sierra Leone introduced Free Healthcare for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under five. Extreme poverty prevents most families from accessing health care.

At present the charity supports 2 projects:

  1. The Shepherd’s Hospice (TSH), a Non Government Organisation in MacDonald Village, near Waterloo. At TSH the funds are used for health professional salaries and to support inpatient and community care. Gabriel Madiye is the Director of TSH.
  2. The Palliative Care Unit (PCU) at Connaught Hospital Freetown. This unit also provides care at Ola During Children’s Hospital. At the PCU funds are used for health professional salaries, health professional development both in Freetown and throughout other areas of Sierra Leone. The PCU is used by health professionals from all departments, since its conception it has received over 230 referrals. Dr. Mary Bunn leads the PCU.
palliative care teaching
Palliative Care Team Teaching at The Connaught Hospital
Patient examination
Patient examination at TSH

The introduction of palliative care is challenging in Sierra Leone as is demonstrated in some of the case studies in Inspiring Stories.

In the past UKFTSH has also funded some infrastructure projects, such as funding for a rainwater collection and storage facility at the new hospice in MacDonald Village as a mains water supply was unavailable.

Monitoring visits are carried out to oversee use of funds and development of the work of TSH. Quarterly reports from TSH and PCU inform the trustees of the use of the funds raised.

Read more about how UKFTSH started.

Read Mark Doyle’s (BBC International Development Correspondent) report about health care in Sierra Leone, including the work of The Shepherd’s Hospice. (3 Feb 2011)