Surgeons OverSeas & Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone

  • Connaught Hospital is the main referral hospital in Sierra Leone. Surgeons OverSeas (SOS) has been helping to improve surgical care since February 2008 with salary support for surgical health care workers, providing supplies and equipment, and undertaking training courses in emergency and essential surgical care.
  • Surgical safety equipment such as gloves, protective eyewear, masks and boots are often in short supply.
  • Medical students attend a lecture.
  • The surgery log at Connaught.
  • IV poles were recently a luxury at the hospital.
  • Gloves to protect health care workers. An anesthesiologist prepares to give a patient a spinal prior to surgery.
  • Surgery.
  • The medical equipment the hopsital uses is often donated from overseas.  Most of it is antiquated and unreliable.
  • Surgical masks and protective eyewear, when available, keep staff and patients safe.
  • Student nurses watch as their instructors administer an IV.
  • A nurse takes a break in a vacant storage room.
  • The emergency room of Connaught Hospital.
  • A woman receives treatment in the ER.
  • A pretty window in the women's ward. Patient's families bring them meals, clean clothes and care for them during the day.