Image 1 of 1
Kroo Bay, Freetown, Sierra Leone...Story on child and maternal health in the Kroo Bay slum community in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which has the World's worst infant and maternal mortalitly rates. One in 4 children die before they reach the age of 5 and one in 6 mothers dies during child birth (in the UK, the rate is one in 3,800)...The Kroo Bay Community Health Centre has a catchment area of over 8,000 people but lacks adequate facilites to provide even basic care. The clinic lacks even the basics, such as bedpans, surgical spirits and cotton wool. It has no electricity and clean drinking water must be fetched from the nearby well everyday...Children attending class at an informal afternoon school led by Nabie Dumbuya (24), who's been cripled since he was seven. When he finished his high school he didn't want to be idle and with few options available to him he decided to set up the evening school. With a little financial support from the parents he provides extra classes to up to 50 children. Classes are housed in the same building as the clinic...© 2007 Aubrey Wade. All rights reserved.