Sierra Leone’s maternal health reforms fail to deliver free treatment, says Amnesty International

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5645
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Sierra Leone’s recent health reforms risk being undermined by serious weaknesses in the health system that often result in pregnant women being unable to get free treatment, says a new report by Amnesty International.

Despite important reforms begun over the past two years, including a free healthcare policy covering pregnancy and childbirth, the report warns that “the healthcare system is dysfunctional and much remains to be done.”

Health facilities are “often short of essential drugs and supplies,” says the report. “Disparities persist between rural and urban areas, the quality of care …

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