Lead Mentors: Michael Kramp, English/Film/WGSS; Fathima Wakeel, Community and Population Health


2024 Impact Fellows

Sofia Rousseau ‘25
Bea Arnfield '24
Brooke Erickson '24
Hannah Falatko '25
Olivia Hauck '26
MJ Le Vu ‘26
Constance Mulligan ‘26
Ellen Murray ‘26
Sophie Ritzler ‘27


Project Description:

Mothers of Sierra Leone is a social-impact documentary film and research project designed to showcase the resiliency of women and healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone and amplify the voices and stories of women. Our work leverages filmic storytelling and expertise in maternal and child health to highlight community-based programs, including antenatal care sessions, vaccination treatments, and nutrition and family planning training. We work closely with clinical and community partners to highlight innovations in antenatal care, perinatal and clinical treatment, including midwifery, hospital delivery services, and emergency surgery, and postpartum care, including mental health and neonatal care.  We are currently conducting a 12-month mixed methods research study (qualitative and quantitative) that evaluates the efficacy of our films at different clinical locations in Sierra Leone. Student team members are active filmmakers, data analysts, researchers, and co-authors on all article submissions. Our goals are to improve maternal health and research the efficacy of filmic storytelling as a tool for enhancing women’s health care experiences.


For more detail on the project team, visit Mothers of Sierra Leone