Mothers and infants to get free health care in Sierra Leone
Author(s)/Editor(s): Wairagala Wakabi
Publisher/Organizer: The Lancet
Publication date: Volume 375, Issue 9718
Number of pages: 6
Sierra Leone will abolish user fees for mothers and infants accessing the health system in a bid to reduce the country's staggering maternal and infant mortality rates. Wairagala Wakabi reports.
The introduction of free medical care for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as children younger than 5 years, which is planned to start this month, could help Sierra Leone shed the unenviable reputation of having the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.