By Zainab Sheriff, Senior Journalist
We are greatly saddened about the passing of Hannah Grace Lahai, a tireless advocate for women’s health and wellbeing, and a beloved and highly respected focal point for MMW in the Kenema district. In addition to being a longtime nurse, Lahai worked for MMW for six years, taking our podcasts to listeners in different communities, engaging in discussions, and giving referrals for needed services.
Known as “Auntie Hannah,” she was beloved as a wonderful person, giving “motherly advice” to listeners and MMW staff. Her work really created an impact in the Kenema community – we will recall fondly her smiles when talking to listeners and her knowledge and commitment to the issues, especially related to health.
Hannah Grace Lahai was a Sierra Leonean, born in the Kailahun District in a town called Gbonumbu, where she completed her GCE O-level and later trained as a nurse. As a single parent with five children, she struggled to support her family, but she was successful in making sure her children were educated.
Hannah Grace Lahai is gone but she’ll always be remembered as a woman of integrity and trust. She was God fearing, respectful and friendly. She dearly loved her job. We will forever miss you!