GOAL has worked in Sierra Leone since 1999. Work began as part of a post-war response and went on to see GOAL play a central role in the 2014 Ebola response. With 130 team members, our programme in Sierra Leone currently operates in six of the country’s 16 districts: Western Area Urban, Kambia, Kenema, Bombali, Koinadugu and Moyamba. In addition to our Emergency Response programme, GOAL’s work focuses on longer-term sustainable development, including
Resilient Health and Sustainable Livelihoods.
What we do in
A strong history of humanitarian response
GOAL undertakes activities to prepare for emergencies, develop preparedness plans and support district level partners to do the same. Our experience saw us take a central role in the response to the Ebola crisis of 2014. We trucked water to quarantined areas, enhanced facility-based WASH resources and mentored health workers on disease management and control. The GOAL team also took charge of an Ebola Treatment Centre in Port Loko, supported disease surveillance activities with district government health teams and led a national consortium on community engagement.
More recently, GOAL responded to the flooding and mudslide in Freetown. We trained NGOs to provide psychological first aid, supported facility-based WASH management and rehabilitated a paediatric operating theatre. GOAL also supported the government’s social mobilisation team to disseminate key health messages.
Resilient Health across all six of GOAL's focus districts
GOAL supports local District Health Management Teams as they work to improve population health. Within this, we take a particular focus on child protection and adolescent, sexual and reproductive health. GOAL works closely with vulnerable children and youth to reunify them with their caregivers, provide them with non-formal education and access to key health services. We are also working to improve demand for, and access to, sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents. This is a key step in combating high levels of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality.
GOAL delivers urban and rural WASH programmes in Freetown and Kenema districts. This means addressing direct service provision (such as faecal sludge management in Freetown and access to clean water in Kenema) whilst promoting positive behaviour change for increased service demand.
Promoting finanical inclusion in Sierra Leone
GOAL’s inclusion programme currently runs in five districts: Freetown, Kenema, Kambia, Bombali, and Koinadugu. Work is designed to focus on ‘decent’ work, address reliance on informal work sectors and combat human trafficking and child labour.
Advocacy is an important part of this. Our team is working to deliver practical activities on the ground, strengthen child protection structures at community level, as well as lobby for key developments at regional and national levels.
GOAL's COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, we are procuring a variety of health and hygiene products for distribution in various parts of the country. In Freetown, we have set up screening stations in health units and supplied hand washing stations, hand sanitizers and soaps and protective equipment through the support of Irish Aid, START Fund and BMGF.
GOAL Sierra Leone is also training healthcare workers, distributing information materials, producing radio information campaigns, and working with cross border communities to prevent cross border transmissions of the disease.
- Led the Ebola Survivor Care Consortium, helping 2,804 Ebola survivors access free healthcare and psycho-social support services.
- In 2018, GOAL supported 49 rural communities to access safe water supplies and adopt improved sanitation and hygiene behaviours.
- By the end of 2018, 87% of 15-19 year olds in programme locations at Freetown, Kenema and Kambia knew where to access adolescent and youth friendly sexual, reproductive health services (on average).