Living with malaria in Sierra Leone
Doctors on the night shift at Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown are on the frontline of the fight against malaria. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest rates of malaria and young children are particularly vulnerable.
The car-wash boys work outside throughout the night. Exposed to mosquitoes, they get malaria regularly. But if they don’t work, they won’t get the money they rely on to feed themselves and their families.
Sierra Leone is the most dangerous place in the world to give birth and malaria increases the risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth. Elizabeth Katta had malaria four times during her pregnancy and had a malaria fever when she gave birth.
Emmanuel marks the birthday of his son Shadrach who died of malaria last year. It’s Shadrach’s first birthday since his death and Emmanuel is determined not to spend it on his own.
Monthly mandatory cleaning days are part of a national effort to get rid of rubbish and stop stagnant pools of water forming in blocked gutters, where mosquitoes breed. However, many of Freetown’s slum communities face an almost-impossible struggle to keep their community clean. Mohamed Kamara meets the Mayor of Freetown to find out about her plans to improve sanitation.