Sierra Leone

Our focus in Sierra Leone is on treating cataracts and preventing the spread of neglected tropical diseases. In 2017 we helped to distribute almost 10 million NTD treatments to tackle these debilitating diseases.

Our work in Sierra Leone

Sightsavers is working to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Sierra Leone, particularly river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (LF). An estimated 3.3 million people require preventative chemotherapy for river blindness, whilst more than 6.9 million people require preventative medicine for LF. In 2017, we trained more than 29,000 community drug distributors and distributed almost 10 million NTD treatments in the country.

To reduce poverty, we are also working to improve the quality of eye health services in the country and access to them.  In 2017, we screened more than 232,000 people for eye conditions and performed 4,000 cataract operations.

We are also implementing a project which supports children with disabilities, with a particular focus on girls, to access education in Bombali district in northern Sierra Leone. We are working with partners to improve 45 schools and enable them to support the children by training teachers in inclusive education.

Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the UN’s Global Goals, a set of targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work in Sierra Leone directly contributes to achieving the SDGs: in this video, Sightsavers’ Sierra Leone country director Nancy Smart speaks about the importance of partnership in achieving the goals.

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