Sierra Leone + 5 more

Merlin programmes worldwide 01 Dec 1999

News and Press Release
Originally published
Sierra Leone
Providing nutritional feeding to over 200 severely malnourished and approximately 1,000 moderately malnourished children in Kenema district in eastern Sierra Leone, where thousands have been made homeless by conflict. Running a paediatric ward in a satellite clinic, an emergency cholera treatment unit and mobile teams to provide basic health care in Freetown. Re-establishing and restocking one hospital and 18 health centres with drugs and equipment to provide medical care and health education to mothers and young children in Kenema and Bo districts.

Starting an emergency malaria control programme including bednet distribution and insecticide spraying in Kenema.


Preventing malaria by providing 20,000 impregnated bednets for children and pregnant women in the western highlands.

Teaching families about malaria and bednet use through mobile teams and community groups.

Supporting health centres with drug distribution and the training of local staff in data collection and treatment methods.


Training health staff and supporting nine health centres in Nimba county with equipment and basic drugs.

Running a disease control programme to tackle life threatening diseases such as malaria and Lassa Fever, using laboratory training, community education and treatment.


Combating spiralling epidemic of tuberculosis by training health staff in World Health Organisation methods of TB treatment and raising awareness amongst staff and the public of the new WHO backed approach.

Setting up a project with New York's Public Health Research Institute to control multi-drug resistant TB in patients in Tomsk towns and prisons who have strains of TB immune to standard treatments.


Equipping and rehabilitating hospital laboratories nationwide to boost their ability to care for the population in Albania.

Supporting local aid agencies working in the health sector in the promotion of health issues.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Rehabilitating three hospitals and ten health centres in Bas-Congo, western DRC, and resupplying them with drugs and equipment following looting and destruction of health facilities in the civil war.

Providing two hospitals and 35 health centres in Maniema province with drugs to deliver basic health care to people affected by ongoing insecurity. Training health staff in diagnosis and treatment and supplying medical equipment to hospitals and health centres in Luozi and Mangembo districts to improve care for the local population and refugees from the civil war in the Republic of Congo.

Sharing the results of our survey revealing high rates of malnutrition in Luozi and Mangembo with other aid agencies.


Rehabilitating infectious disease hospitals following the collapse of health services after the Soviet Union's break-up.

Training local health staff in diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease, particularly typhoid and malaria.

Strengthening epidemic surveillance by distributing drugs and laboratory equipment to infectious disease hospitals.