New York – Rebuilding health systems and providing health services in fragile countries is a global task that demands global attention. Over the years, the international community has demonstrated compelling humanitarian, political, security, and economic reasons to become engaged in fragile states.
In Sierra Leone, a once fragile state which is sailing on a recovery trajectory after almost a decade of a bloody civil war (1991 – 1997) and a devastated Ebola epidemic (2014-2015), the Healey International Relief Foundation (HealeyIRF) https://hirf.net/ is actively supporting and collaborating with Caritas Freetown. The partnership and collaboration are strengthening the country’s health care system in several areas.
Founded in 2001 the Healey International Relief Foundation (HealeyIRF) is a New Jersey, USA-based 501(c)3 public charity established to improve the quality of life of vulnerable individuals and families in Sierra Leone who have long been affected by civil war and adverse socioeconomic conditions.
Through Caritas-Freetown, the HealeyIRF implemented its initial projects in Sierra Leone. These projects includes but not limited to the St. Mary’s Home for Children, the St. Stephen’s Home for Amputees in addition to renovating the Serabu Hospital.
The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown and head of the Archdiocese of Freetown Development Office, Reverend Father Peter Konteh said, “health is an entry point for real engagement because people living in weak and fragile states are disproportionately affected by significant health problems such as high maternal and child mortality, AIDS, and malaria.”
Father Konteh added, “improvements in health services help strengthen civil society and restore legitimacy to governments. This is what the Healey International Relief Foundation is doing in Sierra Leone, and we are grateful for that.”