Project information

One World Women’s Health- Maternity Ward Project

Women die in pregnancy and childbirth in Sierra Leone in record numbers because of complete lack of access to a proper obstetric facility with properly trained Maternity personnel. OWWH is building a fully functional Maternity Ward in Makeni, Sierra Leone to change this and save women’s lives.

April 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Makeni Trust Fund

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  • Need


    In Sierra Leone pregnant women bleed to death while untrained birth attendants helplessly watch; women labor for days, close to death, their babies already dead; women suffer from leaking urine from fistulas from prolonged labors. Sierra Leone has among the highest Maternal Mortality Ratios in the world. The majority of these tragedies are preventable with timely access to proper management of labor and delivery at a quality obstetric facility equipped and staffed by trained obstetric personnel.


    OWWH has spearheaded the Maternity Ward Project to create a sustainable change to the infrastructure in women’s healthcare in the Northern Region of Sierra Leone. The goal is simple- to provide a safe place for approx. 750 women per year to labor and deliver their infants, effectively, preventing these unnecessary deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. The Ward will have an immediate impact not only on the lives of the women and their babies, but also on their families and community as well.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Completely equip and supply the Maternity Ward with everything needed to function


    » OWWH will gather and ship all of the medical equipment, furniture, and supplies needed to essentially create a working Maternity Ward overnight.

    What success will look like

    Maternity Ward fully equipped and providing quality medical care.

    Aim 2

    Provide the Maternity Ward with the necessary obstetric medications


    » OWWH will solicit donations from pharmacology companies for the needed medicines
    » OWWH will raise funds specifically earmarked for the purchase of the necessary Maternity Ward medications.

    What success will look like

    Maternity Ward providing quality maternity care and access to safe labour and delivery to women

    Aim 3

    Staffing the Maternity Ward with qualified obstetric personnel 24/7


    » OWWH are collaborating with the Midwifery School of Makeni
    » OWWH will provide practical educational experience for the Midwifery students in labor, delivery, obstetric emergency care, and neonatal resuscitation
    » The Midwifery School can provide a workforce for the Maternity Ward.
    » OWWH will sponsor returning groups of obstetric personnel to conduct regular in-service training sessions.

    What success will look like

    Collaboration with the Midwifery School of Makeni provides the required numbers of qualified staff.

    Aim 4

    : Community Outreach


    » OWWH are providing educational training in methods proven to decrease both maternal and neonatal mortality
    » Our midwives will go out to villages, teaching women that delivery at our Maternity Ward will result in safe outcomes for their babies and themselves.

    What success will look like

    Outreach teaching activity in villages results in increasing numbers of women from villages attending

  • Impact


    The operation of our Maternity Ward will provide quality maternity care and access to safe labor and delivery to women who previously have had absolutely no access to that type of healthcare. This project should have an immediate impact by decreasing both maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. All maternal and infant statistics will be rigorously monitored and continually assessed.


    Sierra Leone is still involved with the present West African Ebola epidemic. Holy Spirit Hospital has instituted special training and education in order to protect both the staff and the patients. They have made nursing and policy changes in accordance with recommendations.


    We keep in touch with our donors through frequent newsletters and updates, trip reports, and our website: and the OWWH website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £185,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £65,000 Equipment Supply, collection and shipping
      £35,000 Medications Medication required on Maternity Wards
      £85,000 Staff & Utilities Staffing and utility services

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    USA Community funding £65,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Makeni Trust Fund has been active in development in Makeni, Sierra Leone since 2009. Our focus is working with local partners in education and health. We strongly support this ambition of OWWH to equip Holy Spirit Hospital Makeni with a Maternity Ward. Makeni is the main city serving the Northern Region of Sierra Leone, a region of 1.7 million people. Presently there is only a single obstetric facility in this region for all of these women


    The entire community of Sierra Leoneans will benefit from women having safe and healthy deliveries. When a woman dies in childbirth, each family loses a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter. This tragedy plunges a family and a community further into a cycle of poverty. By saving women’s lives, we are helping to bolster families and communities out of poverty and into a better quality of life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Makeni Trust Fund has a track record of successful collaboration with local partners in Makeni. We have seen that OWWH has demonstrated its commitment to this region of Sierra Leone by making regular trips to Makeni over the past 10 years. They have fostered relationships with healthcare professionals and educational partners in this region in order to insure that the project will be a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nina Seigelstein, MD -Ob/Gyn From New Jersey, Founder And President Of OWWH

    Traveling and working to bring ob/gyn care to women of the Northern Region of Sierra Leone since 2006. Has led all phase of the Maternity Ward project

    Patrick Turay, MD- Medical Doctor, Surgeon, And Chief Administrator Of Holy Spirit Hospital

    Dr. Turay has transformed HSH from a 2 room clinic to the 70 bed facility it is today. He is dedicated to adding our Maternity Ward to his hospital.

    Francess Fornah, Chief Administrator, Midwifery School Of Makeni

    She will be instrumental in our collaborative efforts to educate and train midwives to staff our Maternity Ward.

    Inger Nielsen, RN, Danish Midwife, And Chairman Of The Board Of OWWH

    A midwife and fundraiser, Inger keeps moving OWWH forward. She hopes to establish rotations for midwives from Denmark at our Maternity Ward in Makeni