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From 1990 until 2002, a sustained conflict throughout the Mano River Union (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) plunged the entire region into crisis. Sierra Leone experienced one of the most brutal civil wars in recent history. The regional instability and internal conflict has had a lasting impact on the people of Sierra Leone. Within the fragile post-conflict context poverty, a lack of infrastructure and a critical scarcity of medical professionals have created an urgent need for humanitarian initiatives. Approximately 170,000 people in Sierra Leone are HIV positive <1> and most of them do not have access to proper health care. As in many other African nations, the lack of skilled medical professionals is the biggest contributing factor to lack of adequate medical care.
At the request of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, U.S. Doctors For Africa has committed to helping the people of Sierra Leone. In partnership with corporate sponsors, USDFA will construct a clinic in the capital city of Freetown. Working side by side with regional medical professionals, USDFA will provide urgent care and treatment, AIDS prevention programs, youth outreach, women's health education and public health services. USDFA believes that the construction of the clinic in the Freetown will be the first of many steps to not only help shrink the deficit of health care facilities but to help stabilize the nation and surrounding region.
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