Maternal health care in Masanga, Sierra Leone

Laura Fugmann, Sofie Hede Nielsen & Nina Maria Madsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Sierra Leone has the statistic world record of being the country with the highest average child and maternal mortality. The Danish community based organization Masanga, has initiated a hospital in the village of Masanga, in order to contribute to rebuild the health sector after the civil war, to help prevent disease and death and promote health locally. By interviewing three Danish volunteers from the Masanga Organization who all have been at the hospital, and by examining relevant articles and theory, we investigate how meanings of health are constructed among pregnant women and new mothers in Masanga and how health promotion is approached in relation to these health perceptions. The Masanga project entails the formulation and utilization of a health promoting teaching tool called health talks. The health talks are based on cooperation between volunteers and a local nurse and attempt to be both disease preventing and health promoting, and strive to empower the women of Masanga to prevent morbidity and mortality. The health talks are thus a sustainable tool to be used in the future in Masanga. We conclude that there exists a plural medical system, including herbalism and medical discourse, which is essential to include when approaching health promotion among the pregnant women and new mothers in Masanga. The health talks are both disease preventing and health promoting and seems to be empowering to some degree.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2013
VejledereDitte-Marie From


  • Maternal health care
  • Sierra Leone