Hassan Pius Vandy

Age: I am 37 years old

What is your background?
A Sierra Leonean born in the eastern part of Sierra Leone in a town called Panguma, lower Bambara chiefdom. I am married with three children and all of them are boys. The elder one and the second one are in Kenema town attending school and the youngest one is in Panguma town. I lost my mother while I was only three years old and my father also died in 1996 during the rebel war. I have two brothers and one sister. I am a Mende by tribe and do speak Krio and English. I attended the Catholic primary school and lower Bambara secondary school in Panguma. I attended a nurse aid training for 2 years in Panguma and later in 2007 joined the CHO training in Bo for 3 years.

Why did you want to enter into the program?
I entered the surgical training program through the motivation from my fellow CHO’s and having identified the surgical problems within my community. Lot of women within child bearing age are dying as a result of poor intervention into their obstetric conditions. It might also be due to lack of trained technical personnel in the remote urban communities. I believe that I will be of help in where ever I find my self after this great training.

What is a normal day like for you at the hospital?
My normal days at the hospital is when I am doing ward rounds, doing deliveries and surgeries and at the same time getting some teachings from various supervisors. I also enjoyed a lot when there are skilled trainings going on into the hospital.

What do you like most about the program?
This program is one of its kind in Sierra Leone and it is a great opportunity to be allowed to go through it. It is a capacity building program that will help to reduce the maternal mortality rate in our beloved Sierra Leone. This will help us to help our own people in our various communities.

What will you do after you finish the program?
I am looking forward to the end of this program to go out there to help and work for my own people as Sierra Leoneans. I have been working in a hospital previously supported by European doctors and have left the hospital only going with one single high retired Sierra Leonean doctor who only has a three year contract. This hospital is catering for main chiefdoms, namely Lower Bambara chiefdom, Dodo chiefdom, Malegoham chiefdom and Leppiama chiefdom. I will be able to fill the gap needed by this hospital in such a remote community at the end of this training.