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Brother’s Brother Foundation donated medicines to Manak Community Health Organization (MaCHO) last fall for a medical mission trip to Sierra Leone. The clinic saw nearly 500 patients from 84 different villages over a span of two weeks.

“Seeing the outcomes that you have and the impact that you have with just a single organization–it’s empowering, it’s motivating, and it inspires us to do more to open this opportunity for more patients.” – Dr. Kadija Conteh-Barrat, founder of MaCHO

Beta blockers and antimalarials – two types of medications BBF supplied—treated patients suffering from hypertension and Malaria, both of which Dr. Conteh-Barrat commonly sees in her patients.

After fleeing violence in her birth country of Sierra Leone, Dr. Kadija Conteh-Barrat (pictured right) immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. She vowed to study medicine and return to build medical clinics and provide medical care. After attending college and earning her doctorate, she practiced for several years and then founded MaCHO with her husband. Their first medical mission trip to Sierra Leone was in June 2021.

Sierra Leone has the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the world: 72 newborns die for every 1,000 lives births. Each day, two to three children arrive at MaCHO’s clinic in critical condition.

MaCHO provides all of its health services and medications at no cost to the patient. If a referral is needed, MaCHO will pay for treatment at the other facility, since most patients cannot afford care on their own.

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