Sierra Leone

Foday having a post check up by John Buchan following cataract surgery.
  • 6m Population [1]
  • 53% People living in poverty [2]
  • 930k People with disability [3]

Sierra Leone in West Africa is one of the world's poorest countries. It emerged from a brutal decade-long civil war in 2002 but the country still faces many challenges. Two thirds of the population live in poverty, and millions of people lack access to basic services.

More than 100,000 people across the country are blind. This, allied to one of the lowest health worker-population ratios in the world, makes it incredibly difficult to treat and prevent blindness.

We are working tirelessly to tackle the problem of preventable blindness in Sierra Leone.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.

In action

Ebola – life-saving information for people with disabilities

The deadly outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa left over 10,000 people dead. In Sierra Leone, the…

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Rebuilding after ebola – Improving community mental health

We have been working in Sierra Leone for several years to improve treatment for mental health conditions…

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Treating and preventing blindness in Sierra Leone

More than 100,000 people in Sierra Leone are blind, many as a result of conditions that could easily be treated…

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27th Sep 2017

Sierra Leone emergency update

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Mental Health patient standing behind bars.
8th Oct 2015

World Mental Health Day 2015: Addressing mental health in the poorest communities of the world

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