means “Mother-Child” in Krio, a language commonly spoken in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. The Mama-Pikin Foundation was founded in 2008 by two Doctors of Sierra Leonean descent to address these alarming mortality rates.
The core programs of the Mama-Pikin Foundation are
Postgraduate Training for Obstetrics/Gynecology & Pediatrics
The Mama-Pikin Foundation has been awarded a $3.85 million grant to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex (USLTHC) to train obstetrician/gynecologist and pediatric specialists in Sierra Leone. The foundation will support the Sierra Leone Postgraduate College of Health Specialties and the USLTHC to train 50 obstetrician/gynecologists and 50 pediatricians in Sierra Leone by 2029. The training program is scheduled to start in September of 2021.
Support for Pregnant Women
The Mama-Pikin Foundation has been providing a delivery bucket to every woman who delivers a baby at our supported clinics since 2008. Each bucket contains a sheet of plastic to provide a clean surface area for delivery, a Lappa (cloth) to wrap the baby, and a bar of soap. Each kit costs $8 and we have distributed over 15,000 buckets so far. These buckets have been very successful in decreasing maternal and neonatal infections, and in providing an incentive for women to come to the clinics to deliver. Dangerous home deliveries have been decreased substantially in the areas served by the Mama-Pikin Foundation-supported clinics.