244051 Women's Initiative for Safer Health (WISH): The Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone's framework for achieving MDGs 3-6 through global partnerships and direct services

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sia Nyama Koroma, MSC, RN , Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Florence Katta, BA , Office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Kathleen West, DrPH , USC School of Social Work, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, Los Angeles, CA
Dayo Spencer-Walters, MPH , Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Until very recently, Sierra Leone ranked 177 out of 177 countries assessed for the 2007 HDI. Maternal mortality has been 1300/100,000 live births and infant mortality ranks at 158/1000 live births --- among the highest in the world. This situation has only just begun to improve in the nation's post-war era. The WISH project is designed to improve women's reproductive health outcomes through a suite of activities, each identifiable as stand-alone initiatives, but coming together to form a framework of support and interventions to enhance the provision of MCH service delivery. The core aim of WISH is to empower women to make healthy decisions in areas of sexual and reproductive health. This presentation will describe the implementation of the WISH Birth Waiting Home and Women's Resource Center in Kpande Kemo and Jong Chiefdoms in Bonthe District, and plans for replicating this work nationally. Information will shared about the key steps and legislation undertaken to include Traditional and Religious Leaders as partners in the effort to develop outreach and an early referral system to encourage women to seek competent care during pregnancy and delivery. Development of partners at the national and global levels will also be described as a collective effort has been pivotal in creating capacity to provide pregnant women timely access to skilled and emergency obstetrical care, as well as access to income generating activities and improved health education.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Basic medical science applied in public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the 4 barriers to safe deliveries that are addressed by WISH 2. Identify and explain the 5 phases of the WISH project 3. Discuss the role of global partners in achieving WISH goals

Keywords: Prenatal Interventions, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working with all co-authors on this project for past 5 months.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.