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MASTERS INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESPONSE

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Focus on Sierra Leone, Africa

Sierra Leone is a small country in Western Africa - about the same size as the US State of South Carolina. There are approximately 7 million people in this country, 4 million live in and around the capital city of Freetown.

Why Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone became an independent nation for the first time in 1961. They were engaged in a devastating civil war from 1991 until 2002. The country, rich in natural resources, has been despoiled and exploited for centuries. As a result Sierra Leone is one of the most impoverished nations in the world. The people, while kind and hard working, suffer from lack of food, clean water, housing and medical care. The present government is making many strides in development however, their medical system is in desperate need of immediate improvement. According to the World Health Organization data, the average life expectancy in Sierra Leone is 37-40 years of age. One in four children will not live to the age of five. These statistics are staggering when compared to Western standards.

Our plan is to assist in the renovation and construction of the country's clinic and hospital system and provide medical equipment and supplies to these facilities. Once the basic medical infrastructure is established quality medical care can be provided to the people of Sierra Leone. In addition, this basic medical system can provide a foundation for independent growth and development of medical care, potential medical training and job opportunities for residents and overall improvement in the quality of life for the people of Sierra Leone.