Keeping Birth Safe in Sierra Leone During COVID-19
As the second busiest maternity hospital with the lowest maternal death rate in the country, AWC provides a vital service to women and children in Sierra Leone. Making birth safe ensures prevention of birth injuries such as obstetric fistula and dramatically reduces neonatal mortality. AWC also runs a support program for teenage mothers, providing wraparound help to vulnerable teenagers before, during and after childbirth. In addition to maternity services, AWC runs an outpatient children’s clinic providing primary care including immunisations and health education, to more than 20,000 children each year. Unfortunately, with the onset of COVID-19, this vital work is at risk due to a significant increase in costs. Obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) has become drastically more expensive worldwide. The same is the case for disinfectants and other cleaning products that are needed to ensure adequate infection control. Social distancing requirements mean families and friends are no longer able to support mothers with food during their hospital stay. In turn, this means that AWC is now providing food to patients, adding another significant cost in this time of crisis. If we are not able to cover these new costs, AWC may have to reduce services at a time when they are needed most. The Tucker Foundation Grant will cover the costs of PPE, food and cleaning supplies for four and a half months from December 2020 to April 2021 – a critical time for women and girls in Sierra Leone, just as an expected baby boom comes to pass.
2021 GRANT APPLICATIONSThe Tucker Foundation will be accepting grant applications from eligible organisations from Monday 21st June to Friday 20th August 2021. The application form will be available on this website during this time.
Applicants will be notified of their outcome in late 2021