Betty Sam

Board & Management

Betty Sam

(SLE) Sierra Leone:  MidwifeNurse

Nominee Highlights:

Betty Sam is a nurse and midwife with over 20 years of professional work experience in Sierra Leone, where she is a household name. She has been a key in providing technical support in improving midwifery services in the country. In the post-war period, Sam was instrumental in coordinating the revival of the Sierra Leone Midwives Association. She has worked with organizations including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, consulting on maternal, sexual and reproductive health programs both within Sierra Leone and at the international level through the International Confederation of Midwives. Building on her leadership experience in the Ebola response, during the current pandemic, Sam has been working with community health workers to help sensitize communities, and to reduce fears and misinformation around COVID-19.

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Betty Sam is a household name in the Sierra Leone health service and is an accomplished senior nurse and midwife. She has over 20 years of dedicated work involving government health institutions, faith-based institutions, professional associations, and the UN. From her first nurse-midwife role she progressed to hospital matron, competency-based trainer and mentor, and a health development practitioner with national and international health organizations at the top managerial level. Sam’s work in the last decade has been providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and its development partners in capacity building programs for clinical staff at newborn care facilities nationwide. Sam formally retired in 2019 but remains active and has been strongly involved in supporting her country’s COVID-19 response. 

“With my years of experience and extensive travels, I would have left Sierra Leone for greener pastures abroad like other colleagues, but I had the urge to serve in my country in difficult times.” – Betty Sam

Sam’s active involvement in Trauma Healing and Conflict Management helped health workers cope with work-related stress which is common in the field of Midwifery and Nursing. As one of the facilitators trained in Kenya by the USA based Trauma Healing Institute, she has helped bolster a resilient workforce in Sierra Leone. Same has provided skills to many colleagues, family and friends for relief of grief and loss, having received a series of training in Trauma Healing and conflict management by national and international groups.