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Mariah Erlick: Worked in Health Clinics in Sierra Leone

July 5, 2011

Mariah Erlick

I went to Sierra Leone in spring 2010 and worked in rural health clinics. Sierra Leone is still healing from a long and violent civil war, and medical services and supplies are very limited. I traveled on my own and did not participate in a formal program, so I was often asked to do much more work than I was qualified to do! I delivered babies, performed minor surgeries, and hiked the Kambui Hills during an oral polio vaccine campaign.

In this picture, I’m testing pregnant women for malaria in Blama, a former city destroyed during the war. There are no doctors in Blama, but there is a small health post staffed by a community health worker and two nurses.

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