This project grew out of previous Engineers Without Borders – Denmark (EWB-DK) water and sanitation projects in the Kenema District of southeastern Sierra Leone. The community in Baoma achieved particularly high levels of community financial resource mobilization through the establishment of water user fees, and it wished to build on that success by investing some of its savings into a project to support the health and welfare of the community.
The partners and the community will cooperate to construct a community health post in which health services, formal health training, and awareness sessions can be offered by public sector health employees, traditional health workers, and potentially others (such as NGOs). The community health post will be owned and operated by the community itself. In addition, the project involves seeding a self-help group structure within the community: Health Insurance Scheme (HIS) groups.
The primary focus of the community health post activities will be the health of women and children: maternal and infant health, safe births and vaccinations. The strategy corresponds with UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and wellbeing), 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities), and 17 (partnerships for the goals).