Author Archives: Jude Coates

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    Stage 1, the Maternal and Child Health Clinic, is complete!

    Posted on November 22, 2016 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

    Just seven months after construction began, the clinic building is complete – a secure, national-standard building that is recognisable by its design and paint work as a health facility. Congratulations to Mallam, Farner the builder and the entire community who have worked so hard to achieve this development for themselves. Toilets, rainwater tanks, furniture and equipment are […]

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    Yiben is on the national health map

    Posted on November 22, 2016 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

    Throughout Sierra Leone 1 in 5 children dies before their fifth birthday. They die from common, preventable causes such as malaria, respiratory diseases, diarrhoeal diseases and a range of diseases that have been largely eliminated in the western world by immunisation – tuberculosis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, hepatitis B and yellow fever.  In July this year, Yiben was included in a national immunisation program […]

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  • Update on the clean water project…

    Posted on February 23, 2016 by Jude Coates in Clean Water Project.

    Well-building is tricky in this part of the world as it depends on the seasonal cycle and the height of the water table. An unexpectedly early and extreme wet season last year brought work to a sudden stop just when casing a successful hole was about to begin. The contractor is now expecting to be able to […]

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  • Calling for concrete assistance….

    Posted on February 21, 2016 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

    Can you help? Construction is underway and approx. 200 more bags of cement are urgently needed to complete stage 1 and the toilet block. A 50 kg bag of cement plus transportation is just $20. You could help build the clinic by buying just one or more bags.  While mudbricks form the basic structure, for long-term durability against the torrential wet seasons, cement must be […]

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  • A ‘window for action’

    Posted on December 13, 2015 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

    The Healthcare Centre and services are to be developed over three stages and, thanks to Mallam and the Healthcare Committee, construction is about to begin!  Stage 1, a Day Clinic (and Toilet Block), will provide standard treatment and advice for common conditions, access to immunisation programs, and special monitoring and care for the most vulnerable – mothers, babies and children under 5. […]

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  • Reason to party…..

    Posted on October 8, 2015 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

      Singing and dancing into the night marked the latest gathering of 13 communities in the village of Yiben. They were celebrating the next step in the process of bringing healthcare to their region – the formation of their executive Healthcare Committee. Its members represent each village that will contribute to and benefit from the project. […]

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  • Having carried their sick and feverish baby along 16 Km of washed out mountain tracks in heavy rain, borrowed clothing and presented themselves at the Fadugu Hospital, these young parents find they are unable to pay the fee for the medical treatment their child needs. In this case they are fortunate that someone pays it for them.

    Healthcare for Yiben

    Posted on September 9, 2015 by Jude Coates in Healthcare Education and Services.

    SET4LIFE Australia has committed to help bring healthcare education and services to Yiben and approximately 12 neighbouring communities. It was an easy decision based on the fundamental need for access to medical aid, Mallam’s vision and drive and the resolve of our Set4Life friends in the UK to provide for all the ongoing requirements of […]

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    First project – Clean water

    Posted on July 19, 2015 by Jude Coates in Clean Water Project.

    Providing access to clean water is our first project as SET4LIFE Australia. We are funding an upgrade to the well that was sunk in 2014. Difficulties encountered with rock forced this well to be finished in traditional style – an uncased pit requiring a bucket. While this provides water for gardens,  it is not clean enough to drink so does not satisfy the government’s requirements for registering the school. The new well will be cased, capped and equipped […]

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  • ‘You are our light.’

    Posted on July 19, 2015 by Jude Coates in Uncategorized.

    Five Yiben students have just completed a very successful first term with EducAid. Director, Miriam Mason-Sesay, has provided places at their Maronka School for the Class 6 students this year to boost their academic levels and help prepare them for Secondary School Entrance Exams. It was was a brave step for the children to venture out of their tiny village into the big unknown […]

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    EducAid’s Approach

    Posted on July 18, 2015 by Jude Coates in Uncategorized.

    So happy to endorse EducAid’s highly successful approach to education in Sierra Leone and their support of the Yiben Community School: “We do cover the same materials as other schools but we do not necessarily do it in the same way. “We believe in a skills first approach. This means that all students arriving at EducAid go […]

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