Key Health Facts

Life expectancy: 60 years (women), 54 years (men)
Infant mortality per 1,000 births: 69
Doctors per 1,000 inhabitants: 0,1

Cap Anamur was first active in Sierra Leone between 1988 and 1999. Since 2003, we have been resuming our activities in the county.

Situation in the Country

A long civil war in the 1990s destroyed vast areas of the country. Social systems like politics and economy or the health and education system collapsed. There were no future perspectives anymore, especially for the thousands of traumatised children, who were forced to participate in the war as armed soldiers. After years of development works, Ebola virus raged in Western Africa and killed nearly 4,000 persons in Sierra Leone. Again, the health system in the whole country was disabled. Countless children live on the streets in the capital Freetown. They left their families for different reasons and must provide for themselves now. The mostly minors try to earn their living with occasional jobs and are exposed defencelessly to the dangers of the city.

Our Goal

Rebuilding the medical infrastructure and supply possibilities of the country. Psychological reinforcement of the street kids and their (re-)integration into their families and school.

Our Activities

Supervision of two hospitals in Freetown and Makeni. Here, we organise and finance the delivery of medicine and medical devices as well as the erection and repair of buildings and infrastructure of hospitals. Moreover, we send medical staff, who work with patients, teaches local workers and optimizes administrative processes on the stations and in management.

Conducting a hygienic project in the capital’s slums. The public toilets here are cleaned several times a day and equipped with hygienic products.

Running a shelter for street kids, where the children receive psychosocial support. Apart from this aid, the children are offered school like lessons, can participate in sport and creative programmes, get regular meals and a safe sleeping place and are cared for medically if need be. The service leads eventually to the connection of the children with their families and school.

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