The Holy Orthodox Mission of Sierra Leone Medical Program
A Brief History
Ten years ago the Holy Orthodox Christian Mission, led by Rev. Father Themistocles Adamopoulos, was established in Sierra Leone. Among other charity services, a small clinic was founded in Waterloo with the goal of providing free medical attention to more than 600 children, orphans and a community of disabled people.
For a long time Mr. Michael Ali, a local nurse, was the sole medical aid on-site. In December of 2017, First Things Foundation collaborated with Fr. Themi who brought in Dr. Sergio Castillo, M.D. Dr. Castillo has since created several new programs including: family care, control, prevention and correct management of malaria, minor surgical procedures, a chronic disease patient program and local health education.
Due to the generous donors of Orthodox Christian Mission Center and Paradise4Kids, all services and treatments are free of charge. This project has grown into something remarkable: Two clinics, in Freetown and Waterloo, serving a wide range of people. As of March 2019, more than 3,000 consultations have been made.
Orthodox Clinics Mission Statement
Offer high quality healthcare (consults, medication, laboratory services if needed) with emphasis on primary school students, orphans, disabled and elderly people.
To train local staff (health promoters, nurses etc.) and build an indigenous and independent health care team.
To serve the poor by immersing in the local culture, learning about traditions, history, politics, etc. To get a better understanding of the health-sickness process.
Morbidity March, 2019
Prevalence of the five most common sicknesses we treated at the clinics during March, 2019. These are the most common but not the only ones.
We manage two clinics, one in Waterloo and one in Freetown.
We see 15 to 25 people each day in each clinic.
We are available for emergencies 24/7.
All medical services and medications are COMPLETELY FREE.
We have basic medical supplies and equipment but we are constantly improving to become more self sufficient.