Adventist Health System, Waterloo Hospital, Sierra Leone, Waterloo-Masiaka Highway

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF AHS -WATERLOO HOSPITAL

Waterloo Hospital is owned by the Seventh - Day Adventist church and was formed in 2002. The transition period from relief to development interventions led to the construction of the Adventist Health System, Waterloo Hospital in Waterloo, commonly known by the community people as ADRA Hospital. The hospital was established to cater for the health needs of the Waterloo District community on a cost recovery basis while extending the service to persons from urban settlements seeking for professional health care. This latter category of patients pay service fees a little higher than the community people, and such proceeds has been used to augment health services offered on charity to the very poor community people. Since 2002 the hospital has conducted many surgeries and provided medicines, community outreach programmes, radio programmes on health and sanitation to thousands of people, the majority being community people. Managed by the Seventh Day Adventist church, the hospital regularly receives Expatriate Doctors who provide standard professional health care in the hospital. In February this year (2011), the hospital received Doctor Felix, a Nigerian Expatriate based in the United States, who came to continue providing health care in the hospital. On his arrival he has visited all the earlier mentioned communities and many more, conducting outreach clinic services including health education and hygiene promotion. 

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF KOYA CHIEFDOM

Waterloo, Lumpa, Maburah, Fogobw, Benguema, Samuel Town, Kossoh Town, MacDonald, and York Road, in the District are large villages with houses between 30 houses and 1000 houses. Waterloo District is, positioned as a neck connecting the capital city Freetown to the rest of the country. The area is geographycally referred to as the Freetown Peninsular. Some of the mentioned communities are found along the main Freetown-Bo highway while others such as Fogobw, Benguema, Samuel Town and MacDonald are 7km away form the highway.