One of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leone ranks 179 out of 188 on the UNDP Human Development Index, with 60% of its population living under the poverty line.
On 26th May 2014, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) officially declared an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country
The Ebola outbreak made evident the extreme fragility and lack of resilience in the health system, and many post-war achievements were lost
By the end of 2015 there were over 8,700 confirmed cases in Sierra Leone – the highest of all EVD-affected countries
On 7th November 2015, human-to-human transmission linked to the primary outbreak was declared to have ended, leaving more than 4,700 EVD survivors and a severely weakened health system
GOAL has worked in Sierra Leone since 1999.
In November 2014, GOAL took charge of a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) at Port Loko in Sierra Leone. Before the ETC closed in November 2015, more than 600 people had been admitted
Our programmes include Health (particularly Health System Strengthening), WASH, and Child Empowerment and Protection
GOAL mainly concentrates our operations in the three districts of Western Area Urban, where Freetown is located, Kambia (in the north) and Kenema (in the south).
In 2017, GOAL led the Ebola Survivor Care Consortium, consisting of seven national and international NGOs. Through this, 2,804 Ebola survivors were supported to access free health care and psychosocial support services in 12 districts. GOAL continues to provide training to health care workers on provision of health care to Ebola survivors.
We are also working to reduce the trafficking of children and child labour through engaging with both government and community-based protection structures.
In rural areas, GOAL works to establish sustainable access to clean water and household sanitation in rural areas. In Freetown, GOAL engages in market-based approaches to increase access to sanitation.