Host Yasmine Vaughan discusses the topic of health disparity in wealthy and poor countries, and wealthy and poor citizens in every country.
Special Guest Dr. Aruna Stevens is the Chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone. Dr. Stevens is a graduate of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences from the University of Sierra Leone. Since joining the staff at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Stevens has transformed the hospital into one of the top medical facilities in Bo, with over 10,000 patients treated every year by his staff. In addition to his duties at Mercy Hospital, Dr. Stevens regularly heads up the medical team assessing patients at the outreach clinics in rural villages surrounding Bo, and serves as associate faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., USA.
Mercy Hospital was first conceived as a joint project of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and Helping Children Worldwide and is part of the UMC medical health ministry in Sierra Leone.
To learn more about the programs offered at Mercy UMC Hospital:
Mercy-programs.html - Videos on the maternal/infant mortality programs at Mercy Hospital, including vaccinations, prenatal care, child nutrition, labor and delivery, including surgical interventions such as C-sections.
tour-mercy-hospital.html Dr. Stevens acts as a tour guide for his medical facility located in Bo, Sierra Leone in 2020 - prior to significant renovations in 2021 and 2022. (New videos coming soon)
Empower Magazine Winter Issue 2022
Empower Magazine Summer 2020
To learn more about health disparity and infant mortality in Sierra Leone:
Listen to: Optimistic Voices Podcast Episode Season 1, Episode 6 - CHAMPS.