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August 2023 - Come to Masanga!
Check out Masanga's own Abubakkar (AKA Man of Tomorrow) in his recently produced health promotion music video - all the reasons to come to hospital!
July 2023 - The trials of the tropics
June 2023 - Medical training in Masanga
May 2023 - Hospital overview film
Isatu Mansaray has been Matron at Masanga since 2022. Here she gives us an oversight of the hospital from her eyes.
April 2023 - Nursing in Masanga
Jenny has just got back to the Netherlands after living in Masanga for 6 months. Our nurse lead, Emily, caught up with her to find out about her time in Masanga.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jenny, I’m a nurse practitioner from the Netherlands and work in the Emergency
Department. I have just got back from my fourth trip to Sierra Leone. I love the people and the
Can you teach us something in krio?
“Me ar lek foh dae pikin foh geh welbodi”
“I want the children to get better”
How many nurses are working in Masanga and what departments are there?
At the moment there are 60 nurses across the Operating Theatre (OT) Emergency Unit (EU) Surgical
ward, Paediatric ward, Maternity ward, Wound Dressing team, Isolation ward, Outreach, Triage and
What would a day in the life look like for you?
Every day is very different! My walk to the hospital is 15 minutes, slower on hotter days. Handover
with the team is first thing then I could be doing anything from teaching ETAT (Emergency Triage
Assessment and Treatment Training), assisting the wound dressers with ANTT (Aseptic Non Touch
Technique) for leprosy patients, making training sessions, having meetings, going on blood donation
outreach, the list goes on! I get to work with all the hospital staff, cleaners, security, STPs (Surgical
Training Practitioners) which I love.
What is one thing you can’t live without in Masanga?
What will you miss about Masanga?
The people! Everyone is cheerful and people always make the time for you. Life is a lot slower.
What was your most memorable meal?
Our UK house caretaker, Jeneba’s pumpkin groundnut soup with rice.
The tailors in the village are very well known, what was your favourite thing they have made?
It’s very special that they can make something handmade for you – I was lucky to get some gorgeous
dresses as leaving presents.
Why should nurses or midwives come and volunteer in Masanga?
It can give you a new perspective on life, you see a lot of poverty, but you also see how resilient
people are and how well they cope with their struggles. You really get to see how to enjoy life
without materialism. It’s important that you come for at least 6 months otherwise it’s not helpful for
hospital staff and not fulfilling for yourself. Masanga gives you opportunities to work on all your
January 2023 - Running the 12 days of Christmas, Liz Hunt
December 2022 - Dr. Wouter Nolet Run
This year's Wouter Run was a huge success! A fun day for all the staff and some fantastic fundraising efforts from back home. Here's the summary - look at them go!
Dr Wouter Nolet was a dutch tropical doctor who worked as CapaCare surgical training programme coordinator in Masanga. Sadly, he passed away in November 2019 after contracting Lassa fever through his clinical work at the hospital. There is now a scholarship set up in his name to sponsor Sierra Leonean healthcare professionals through their advanced training. This yearly fun-run brings the hospital together in the spirit of Wouter and the many other hardworking staff who have sadly lost their lives over the years.
November 2022 - Welcome (back) to the jungle!
Ex-volunteers Alex and Harry returned to Masanga in October to reconnect, keep up to date with the latest and meet our new partners. Here's Harry's reflections on the visit.
It’s been nearly a year and a half since Alex and I left Masanga following our 9 month volunteer period. Since then we’ve stayed involved from the UK, recruiting and supporting volunteers, and more recently helping the team develop Masanga’s role in the new medical training programme. We’ve kept in touch with plenty of the staff and receive the occasional update but nothing can substitute Masanga in person.