Welcome to the Friends of Nixon Website
The Friends of Nixon Memorial Hospital is a registered charity which exists to:
- Raise funds in support of projects and programmes initiated by the board of Nixon Memorial hospital, Segbwema, Sierra Leone which promote the advancement of health and the saving of human life within the confines of the catchment area of the hospital;
- To co-operate and joint fund such projects and programmes initiated by the hospital board partly supported by other Funders or Sponsors meeting the criteria of the Trust and doing so in a transparent manner;
- To fund the training and professional advancement of individual staff approved by the hospital board.
August Issue - Friends of Nixon Newsletter.
The August issue of the Friends of Nixon Newsletter has been published. You can access a copy of the Newsletter by clicking here
Oxygen for Nixon!
Many children who arrive at the hospital do so very unwell and late in the course of their illnesses. Giving oxygen to these children as part of their initial treatment can be of potential lifesaving benefit.
The provision of oxygen can improve the chance of survival for children suffering from breathing difficulties as a result of conditions including chest infections and malaria. It will also enable improvements in the clinical training of nursing students by teaching them when and how to use oxygen.
Piped oxygen or the use of oxygen cylinders is not currently practicable, but since the completion of a solar project providing (almost) 24 hour electricity for the hospital, the provision of oxygen became an achievable goal through the use of oxygen concentrator machines.
Friends of Nixon funded the purchase and transport of a new oxygen machine and tubing for the children's ward. This has now been installed and is operational, with children deriving immediate benefit on a daily basis. Following the success of this project on the Paediatric ward, the charity has subsequently funded a further 3 oxygen machines for the hospital (currently en route from the UK) in order that this basic and potentially life saving treatment is consistently available in other areas of the hospital, including the theatre, maternity ward and adult medical wards.
Air Conditioning for Pharmacy and Theatre
At the hospital's request, Friends of Nixon recently funded two air conditioning units for the operating theatre and for the pharmacy.
These will ensure that medications are stored in the correct environment.
They were installed at the end of July and are now functioning well.
New Water Well and Pump Installed.
The new water well and pump on the hospital site funded through Friends of Nixon has been completed and is now fully operational improving the water supply at the hospital for patients, staff and students.