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FRIENDS OF NIXON COVID-19 RESPONSE
Sierra Leone, and more specifically Kailahun district in which the Nixon memorial Hospital is sited, has not escaped the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Patients and staff have had to face consequences of both the disease itself and of lockdown measures put in place to combat its spread. In Segbwema where many people live day to day, restrictions in movement can increase the prevalence of food poverty.
In response to a request from the hospital, Friends of Nixon has funded a Covid-19 support project to provide additional hand sanitizer and liquid soap for the hospital. We have also funded a package of food aid to ensure patients, vulnerable individuals and staff have access to appropriate nutrition during this time.
Thankfully, the hospital has a level of surplus PPE equipment following the Ebola crisis. Currently this is being used together with procedures relating to infection prevention and control learnt during the Ebola epidemic.
During this time, we will also continue our existing commitments to essential medicine funding, community health and staff training in order that the hospital maintains its vital role within Segbwema and the wider community.
NIXON PROJECTS IN PRINT
After spending time at Nixon Memorial Hospital, two volunteers have both had recent publications - congratulations!
Dr Ed Monk and team have had their mapping project research paper published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene journal which you can read here.
Michaela Fitzpatrick-Milton has had a report from her time in Segbwema published in the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine News which you can read here (page 18).
IN OUR THOUGHTS
It is with great sadness we share the news of the recent passing of Dr Jenny Gibson, Satta Faley and Sandi Bockarie.
Dr Gibson was heavily committed to the hospital for many years including during the civil war and was affectionately known in Segbwema as 'Mamma Nixon'. Mrs Faley and Mr Bockarie were both key facilitators in helping our work through their roles as signatories.
Our thoughts are with their families.
ONLINE DONATION WEBSITE CHANGE
Our new online donation website is up and running courtesy of www.wonderful.org
Our longstanding provider BTMydonate is closing and as such we wanted to find a new commission free online donation website...wonderful.org stepped up to the mark!
As well as one off donations it is also possible to create a fundraising page for a specific fundraising event... perhaps you will be inspired? Any fundraising and donations are gratefully received and go directly towards helping the hospital.
DOCTOR ON A MISSION
Friends of Nixon charity trustee Dr Mary Groves MBE has published a book chronicling the remarkable story of her life dedicated to the service of others both in Sierra Leone and the UK. Click below for details.