Sierra Leone faces numerous challenges which affect the health of its people. Two significant contributors to the high mortality rates in the country are the lack of access to clean drinking water and the persistent attacks by malaria infested mosquitoes. Waterborne and respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia are widespread and together with the high malaria incidence, account for almost 60% of the deaths in the country, where the average life expectancy at birth is only 49 years.
Against this backdrop, Koidu Limited established a clinic on site to provide free health care services to its employees and their dependants (two each), preferably women and children.
In addition to the mine clinic, a new community healthcare centre is being constructed at the resettlement village for use by the affected community.