Giving blood to save lives in Sierra Leone

  • Published on: 31/01/2018
  • Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world with 1,360 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. One of the main cause of maternal deaths is postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding after delivery) which accounted for 33 per cent of all deaths.

    Meet Desmond Ayodele Lewis, Sierra Leone’s highest blood donor, who is helping to save the lives of women and children. So far, he has donated 102 units of blood.

    Desmond, a member of the Voluntary Blood Donor Association, speaks on the significance of donating blood. 

    This interview is a follow-up to a week-long campaign in mid-November 2017, in four regions of Sierra Leone, organized by the  Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s – Blood Service Progamme, with support from UNFPA and funded by UK aid (DfID Saving Lives Programme).