Blog posts about Health
The lasting shadow of Ebola: The virus that killed the carers
In 2014 Sierra Leone experienced a devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus. It killed almost 4,000 people. In March 2016, the outbreak was declared over, but the impact the virus had on the country’s fragile health system will be felt for years to come.
Sharing skills saves lives, in a country still living with the impact of Ebola
Dr Padma is a GP from London, who is volunteering at Makeni Regional Referral Hospital in Sierra Leone. In a country still reeling from Ebola, she tells us it's often skills, not supplies, that save lives.
“I got a motorbike to the hospital to deliver my baby”
Fatu Conteh, 18, gave birth to baby girl Mariama six months ago and shares her story here.
Mother Mbalu names baby boy after dedicated Community Health Officer
Mbalu Kamara, was so pleased with the care she received from Community Health Officer Andrew Sesay, she named her baby boy after him.
Going above and beyond to save lives
Andrew Sesay is a Community Health Officer at Binkolo clinic, Sierra Leone. He’s often the first point of call for the thousands of people living in the community.
Call the midwife: Six inspiring health workers saving young lives
This International Day of Midwives (5 May), we’re celebrating the midwives working to make childbirth safer and saving lives around the world.
Is volunteering the key to tackling health inequality?
Health worker shortages mean people in many countries where VSO works can't access quality care when they need it. Here, people with specialist health skills can make a huge impact. VSO volunteers from across the world are sharing skills and saving lives, helping tackle health inequality.
I’m ready to be a mother now
Susan Ayam beams over her beautiful baby girl Fortunate, who is just two months old. It’s a grateful smile because Fortunate has truly earned her name. When she was only six months pregnant, Susan’s baby literally ‘fell out’.
New mums share joy from the labour ward
VSO volunteers are working in the Lira regional referral hospitals in Uganda to improve services and ensure newborns and their mothers get the best possible care. In the antenatal ward, three women share their experiences.