Increasing access to education
Since 2013, we’ve located one of our HARK vehicles (used for outreach to remote areas) at St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni to provide access to ear and hearing health services on site and in surrounding areas.
School improvement programme
We’ve been improving the learning environment for students at the National School for the Deaf in Freetown, by installing sky lights and decorating throughout the school.
Targeted paediatric screening
We’re working with Holy Spirit Hospital and Loreto Clinic to identify young children who are at above-average risk of hearing impairment (due to various risk factors). This early targeted screening project means that they can then be helped with the appropriate audiological and educational support.
About Sierra Leone
Area: 71,700 square kilometres
Language: English, Mende, Temne, Krio
GDP per capita: U.S. $500
GDP per day: U.S. $1
- No audiologists in Sierra Leone
- Two deaf schools in Freetown and Makeni
- Sign language used is American sign language
Sorry (10) and his sister Ada (6), two pupils from St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, Sierra Leone, recovered from Ebola but both lost their hearing, likely due to the disease. They have since been fitted with hearing aids and are doing much better in school.
Our partners in Sierra Leone
- St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired
- Holy Spirit Hospital and Loreto Clinic
- National School for the Deaf