Improving child healthcare

The one-year pilot project is part of a three-year nurse training program at the Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH). The project aims to sustainably improve the quality of care for sick newborns and children at ODCH, contributing to the reduction of neonatal and child mortality and morbidity. More specifically it will build the capacity of hospital staff by implementing continuous professional development modules for current triage staff, run induction training for additional staff to specialize in neonatal care and triage; provide Training of Trainers to senior nurses, ensuring that high quality training continues post –project; on the job clinical support, observations and assessments will be put in place. Extended learning opportunities for workforce, medical students, and university staff will be offered. ODCH senior management will be develop effective leadership, clinical and ward management skills.

The Welbodi Partnership is a UK-registered charity based in Freetown and founded in 2008. Its mission is to build the capacity of the health system in Sierra Leone in order to reduce the number of women and children who are sick, suffer, or die unnecessarily.


Health / Education


April 2019 - June 2020


Freetown / Sierra Leone

With whom

Welbodi Partnership


Sierra Leone

7.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 510/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2011)

Literacy rate
32% (2016)

Human Development Index
184th out of 189 countries (2018)

Sierra Leone has made considerable progress since the end of the civil war in 2002, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators. The Sierra Leone government has prioritised and implemented reforms aimed at reducing corruption, providing health care and improving transport, power and public health infrastructures. Despite these significant political and socio-economic achievements, infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the world. Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas around Freetown. Underemployment remains a challenge and is especially acute in rural areas, compounded by a high level of illiteracy. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 added immense pressure to already fragile health systems.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.