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Resource May 1, 2015

Meet the Journalists: Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and Michael Seamans

Image by Michael Seamans. SIerra Leone, 2015.

Forced to choose between corrupt government clinics and faith healers, Sierra Leone's pregnant women...

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KONO DISTRICT - SIERRA LEONE Aminata Kamara, 25, is prepped for a blood transfusion during treatment for uncontrolled bleeding at Kono Government Hospital in Sierra Leone's rural Kono District on March 30, 2015. Two days earlier Kamara underwent surgery to have her dead fetus removed. Image by Michael G. Seamans. Sierra Leone, 2015.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and Michael Seamans traveled to Sierra Leone to document an ongoing healthcare crisis that has been overshadowed by the Ebola crisis—the 39,000 infants and young children who die every year of preventable causes, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and measles. Pregnant women who are caught between the twin dangers of corrupt medical workers and untrained faith healers need a third alternative. Wellbody Alliance, a small NGO, is promay provide ; in April 2015, that third alternative might have arrived in the country's remote Kono District—in a program supported by the Wellbody Alliance, a small NGO.


Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


Gender Equality

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