The identification of a women’s healthcare crisis.

In 2006, ob/gyn Nina Seigelstein, MD led a team of medical professionals on what they discovered to be the only gyn mission trip to ever deliver healthcare to women in the Northern Region of Sierra Leone. Over 300 women came from hundreds of miles away to be seen and treated.  Sadly, these women had  gynecologic conditions that were entirely treatable with the proper medical care. Tragic complications of pregnancy and childbirth routinely occurred but could have been prevented with access to appropriate obstetrical services.

This experience fueled Dr. Seigelstein’s determination to create a sustainable infrastructure in Sierra Leone which could successfully function to save women’s lives. Every day.

We have been working diligently toward accomplishing that goal ever since. In 2016 we completed our Maternity Ward and began providing women in the Northern Region with high-quality obstetrical and gynecologic care.

One World Women’s Health was born with a well-defined purpose: making women’s healthcare a priority in Sierra Leone.

We all live in One World. The Women of Sierra Leone need our help.

Women in Sierra Leone are

59% more likely to die

in pregnancy or childbirth than women in the U.S.

Our Projects

Dedicated to improving the health and well being of the women of Sierra Leone. One World Women’s Health is not only committed to ensuring that obstetrical and gynecologic care becomes available to women in the Makeni region, but is also working to make these services sustainable.

Maternity Ward

In 2009, OWWH initiated their Maternity Ward project which worked to design, fund, build and furnish Holy Spirit Hospital in the northern city of Makeni with their own fully equipped Maternity Ward. Boasting our own obstetrician/gynecologist along with an amazing team of highly trained midwives and nurses, our Maternity Ward has been safely delivering healthy babies to healthy moms since September 2016.

Gynecologic Surgery

On our trips to Sierra Leone, OWWH has performed life-saving and quality of life changing surgeries on over 100 women who would otherwise have had to continue suffering for lack of access to specialized gynecologic care. Now with a full-time obstetrician/gynecologist at Holy Spirit Hospital, women in Sierra Leone have access to expert gynecologic services and care everyday.

Sierra Leone has a population of 8 million people and

only 5 obstetrician/gynecologists.

That’s the equivalent of 261 in the U.S.

About Sierra Leone

  • West African country of 8 million people
  • Brutal 11 year civil war ending in 2002 worsened the cycle of poverty and devastation
  • Ranks 182 out of 189 countries on UN Development Index (2020)
  • Less than 1 qualified physician for every 10,000 people
  • Women in Sierra Leone have a 1 in 17 lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth
  • Both the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the recent COVID-19 pandemic have served to devastate and traumatize the community as well as expose the fragility of the country’s healthcare system

How your donation helps.

The funds donated to One World Women’s Health have been used to engineer, build, outfit, equip, and furnish our Maternity Ward; contributions have also helped cover the costs of the gynecological surgeries performed at the Holy Spirit Hospital.

In September 2016 we were thrilled to announce the opening of the Maternity Ward. As more women utilize the obstetrical and gynecological services offered at the Maternity Ward, we move toward our ultimate goal of operating a self-sustainable facility. In the meantime, your donations continue to support our full-time staff, including an obstetrician/gynecologist, as well as midwives, nurses, and theatre personnel.

80% of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth in Sierra Leone

die of wholly preventable causes.

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