Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa with mineral wealth that should put us at the top of global health rankings. But instead we are near the bottom, with high rates of maternal and infant mortality. My country has struggled with malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition, early pregnancy, and Ebola. Why is this so? What can be done to change it? And why is this important for you in a faraway city? In this chat, I will discuss why health advocacy matters in Sierra Leone, and I'll like to learn about healthcare in your community, too.
My work and study have focused on social work and public health. I have additional certifications in clinical nursing, psychology, nutrition, and project management. I have worked as national programs coordinator, and supervisor with a number of international non-governmental organizations, including GOAL Ireland, YMDO, Johns Hopkins University's Health Communications Capacity Collaborative (funded by USAID), and projects funded by UK DFID and UNICEF. My emphasis has been on social behavior change, public health promotion, and internationalization of health communication.
It takes social and behavioral change to improve health outcomes. If we can communicate better and engage communities, then we can pass on the right messages, learn from empirical evidence, recognize and change bad practices. If we can do this, we can become giants, and will overcome the health challenges that have plagued our communities and the world.