Orange Foundation, the CSR and philanthropic component of Orange SL in Sierra Leone, as well as countries where the Orange brand is in, on Thursday, 11th March 2021, launched the first free of cost Maternal Healthcare Service in one of the country’s most susceptible community, Kroobay Community. The event was held at the Miatta Conference Hall at Youyi Building in Freetown.
Speaking during the event, Chief Executive Officer of Orange SL, Madam Aminata Kane Ndiaye, highlighted the essence of the launch, which she said must not be downplayed, especially when it has to do with the wellbeing of women and their unborn babies.
Madam Ndiaye said that the project must be taken with all seriousness, taking into consideration the high rate of maternal mortality the country has been faced with.
“We established a formidable partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and with Icap in order to reduce maternal mortality in Sierra Leone”, she emphasized.
“It is not emphasis to state that infant mortality has been a big play in putting the lives of our women on the line across the country”, she continued.
Studies and researches have shown that one out of seventeen women die during child birth. This has placed Sierra Leone as the country with the highest rate of Infant mortality in the country.
“We have identified Kroobay community as one of the communities with the highest percentage of maternal mortality, but with this project, we hope to get some quick results”, she said.
CEO Ndiaye furthered that Orange Foundation, during this project, would be providing community health promotion, baby care boxes for mothers, SMS alerts for checkups and IPC measures for maternal health service.
She also disclosed that safeguarding maternal healthcare is one of two projects currently being rolled out by the Orange Foundation, the other being the building of modernized learning institutions (Schools) across three Districts namely; Kambia, Moyamba and Pujehun Districts.
During the event, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Austin Demby, lauded the venture as a timely one. He said the welfare of women and children should be collective and as a ministry and Government, they appreciate Orange’s drive towards promoting free healthcare delivery in the country.
“We’re are happy as a ministry to work in partnership with you guys, the venture taken is indeed huge and I’m calling on those to benefit from this project to grab hold of it with both arms”, he stated. Minister Demby maintained that the Ministry of Health, Government and their partners has, over the years, been working to minimize maternal and infant mortality in the country and is happy that the numbers have been going done by the day. Minister Demby called on Sierra Leoneans to put on a resistible fight that can put an end to maternal and infant mortality in the country.
Chief for Kroobay Community, Chief Pa Alimamy “Kagbempa”, thanked Orange for bringing hope and possibilities to women of Kroobay. He promised that his people would make good use of the opportunity given to them, as they anticipate a drastic drop in maternal and infant mortality in the coming years.