The aim of a good medical center is always to provide high quality, comprehensive medical care that is culturally competent. Cultural competence means that providers effectively deliver services that meet the social, linguistic and cultural needs of the people they serve. Cotton Tree Medical Group’s Medical Center aims to use its cultural competence of Sierra Leone along with evidence-based health data to drive its delivery of high-quality services to Sierra Leoneans.
Our medical center will use an organic approach in its roll out of services. This is in part due to the fact that we’ve already been involved in providing care in some form or another in all of the focus areas we endeavor to cover in our comprehensive package of healthcare services.
The healthcare landscape in Sierra Leone has several gaps that are a result of several factors, but nevertheless they must be addressed. The main focus area of Cotton Tree Medical Group’s medical center will be in providing HIV services which include prevention, care and treatment.
HIV/AIDS ranks as the 7th cause of death in Sierra Leone and remains a public health concern.
Every year, an estimated 2,240,000 Sierra Leoneans seek treatment for malaria. It remains a high-burden communicable disease and ranks as the #1 cause of death in Sierra Leone.
At Cotton Tree Pharmacy, which is part of Cotton Tree Medical Group, we provide customers with malaria rapid tests. We also provide a variety of drugs to treat malaria as well as malaria prophylaxis which prevent people from contracting malaria.
According to the World Health Organization’s “Global Tuberculosis Report 2017,” Sierra Leone is among 30 countries with the highest burden of tuberculosis in the world. Every year tens of thousands of Sierra Leoneans receive treatment for it. Yet still, a large percentage of people remain untreated because they don’t know they have it.
At Cotton Tree Pharmacy, which is part of Cotton Tree Medical Group, we stock antibiotics and other medications to treat tuberculosis.
Cardiovascular diseases were once regarded as problems in high-income countries only. Now there is a growing trend of prevalence in low-income countries like Sierra Leone. Cardiovascular diseases are primarily a result of a high calorie diet paired with a low activity lifestyle.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. At Cotton Tree Pharmacy, which is part of Cotton Tree Medical Group, we provide complimentary blood pressure checks as well as ensure a full-time pharmacist is always on hand to provide patient education for the various medications we keep in stock to address cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes occurs when a person has more sugar in their blood than the body can handle. There are two types of diabetes: Type I, which is caused by an auto immune reaction either at birth or at a very young age and Type II which is caused by negative lifestyle choices in poor food and low or no exercise.
At Cotton Tree Pharmacy, which is part of Cotton Tree Medical Group, we stock medications for the treatment of diabetes.
Dialysis is the process of removing excess toxins from the blood of people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions independently.
The owner and CEO of Cotton Tree Medical Group, Dr. Fouad Sheriff and his partners have opened a high-quality dialysis center in Freetown to provide end-stage renal disease patients with dialysis care. At present, the center contains three chairs but is already in the process to adding more chairs which would allow them to service more people needing dialysis care.
Sierra Leone is among a group of countries with the highest maternal, newborn, and child mortality rates in the world. In layman’s terms, it’s dangerous of give birth in Sierra Leone.
Cotton Tree Medical Group partnered with Ferring International to bring Carbetocin to the market in Sierra Leone. This life saving drug exponential increases a woman’s chance of survival after losing excessive blood from a caesarian section.