Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Increasing access to education

HARK MALAWISince 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

Deaf children at St JosephWe’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

Loreto ScreeningWe’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.

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About Sierra Leone

Population: 5,525,000

Capital: Freetown

Area: 71,700 square kilometres

Language: English, Mende, Temne, Krio

Currency: Leone

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

Case Study Sorie and Ada Case Study EbolaSorie and Ada are now back in school

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.

Who we help 

Our partners in Sierra Leone

  • St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired
  • Holy Spirit Hospital and Loreto Clinic
  • National School for the Deaf