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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

breast cancer month oct 2013The Well Woman Clinic (WWC) commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, with the theme:”EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES; WE CARE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.”

After much preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, activities kicked off on the 1st October, 2013, with a short documentary on breast self-examination (BSE), work at the Clinic and interviews with officers from UNFPA and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. It was aired during the month on two large TV screens at the Lumley roundabout and at the clock tower by the Eastend Police Station.  Numerous men, women and children gathered in both areas every evening to benefit from the information on BSE.

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Luncheon 2013

fundraisinglunch004This year’s fundraising luncheon took place on the 14th April 2013 at the Aqua sports club on the theme “celebrating culture”. Guests included members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs, bank officials and the general public, all dressed in their different African attire. The main objective of the luncheon was to create awareness of the Clinic’s new mobile ultrasound project for pregnant women known as PREPO (Prenatal Equipment Project Outreach) and to raise funds for the registration of participating women.

Guests were treated to lunch, good music, a cultural show and poetry by Mrs. Daphne Pratt. They also had the opportunity to take part in an auction of a cultural basket and a raffle.

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PREPO Launching

PREPO LaunchThe Prenatal Equipment Project (PREP)  was a joint pilot project undertaken by the Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF) in collaboration with the Melvine Edith Patricia Stuart (MEPS) Trust Well Woman Clinic, in response to the desperate need felt by the Government of Sierra Leone to reduce the maternal/neonatal mortality rate in line with the MDG5 goals.

Though the national figures for maternal deaths have dropped to one in 25, at the time of writing the project proposal in 2009, in Sierra Leone one in 8 women died during pregnancy or childbirth compared with the one in 76 average in the rest of the developing world ,and one in 8000 in the developed world. Thus early detection of potential complications of pregnancy and childbirth with referrals to experts became the mantra of the project.

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MEPS Sponsored Walk 2012

sponsored-walk-2012MEPS Trust Well woman Clinic observed breast cancer month with a series of activities which included its annual ‘Walk for Life’ to raise awareness about the disease and to celebrate the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors all over the world whilst raising  funds to assist with treatment cost of breast cancer patients at the clinic.

This year’s sponsored walk was held on the 13th of October 2012 and saw participants walk from the Atlantic Restaurant Lumley beach to Family Kingdom and back. Participants included staff from the Ministry of Health, United Nations, commercial houses, students, and the general public, friends of the clinic, committee members and peer educators.

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MEPS Trust WellWoman Clinic Fundraising Luncheon 2012

DSC00677-600wThe MEPS Trust Well Woman Clinic annual Fundraising luncheon was held on Sunday 15th April 2012 at the Atlantic Restaurant, Lumley beach. The objective was to raise funds for the clinics Prenatal Equipment Project (PREP). In a bid to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the country, the project aims to provide two free ultrasound examinations for a minimum of 1000 underprivileged women annually during their pregnancy. This further complements the aim of the government of Sierra Leone in meeting the health needs of the people especially women and children. The ultrasound detects complications and women are immediately referred to experts for management of their pregnancies.

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