In October 2012, World Vision launched the Sierra Leone Health Access Improvement (AIM High) project in the Pejeh and Sowa chiefdoms of Pujehun district. To increase healthcare coverage in Pejeh-Sowa, the project will train community health workers in every village—one for every 20 households. They will go out into their communities to identify malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition; counsel pregnant women; and spread the word about simple, effective health interventions.
As part of the mobile health project, community health workers are trained to use mobile phones to register and monitor both pregnant women and children under five. They send the information to maternal and child healthcare workers in the health centers. This strategy has led to an increase in the number of pregnant women now visiting the clinic and has reduced the maternal and child mortality rate.