It’s thought that 3.3 million people need medication to protect them against river blindness, and more than 6.9 million people for lymphatic filariasis. To tackle this, in 2017 we trained more than 29,000 community volunteers to give out medication and distributed almost 10 million treatments in the country.
We also aim to improve the quality of eye health services in the country and ensure more people can access them.
As part of our inclusive education project in the Bombali district of Sierra Leone, funded by the European Union, we support children with disabilities, particularly girls, to make sure they have a chance to go to school. We are working with partners to improve 45 schools and train teachers so they have the specialist skills to help children learn.