In Sierra Leone, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Sierra Leone
Since 1996, our teams have been responding to issues resulting from the country’s 11-year long civil war.
In the spring of 2014, Sierra Leone was one of the countries severely affected by the Ebola epidemic. The virus infected more than 14,000 people, and killed around 4,000.
The country was declared Ebola-free in the spring of 2016, however, the epidemic left half of the population in extreme poverty. Despite its extensive natural resources and huge potential for agricultural development, Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries.
Due to a lack of resources and support, organizations for people with disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) face many challenges as well, leading to a lack of representation of people with disabilities in society.
Humanity & Inclusion's goal in Sierra Leone has been to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities by promoting their social inclusion and access to quality care.
Our Current Work
In addition to addressing the needs that arose from the civil war, Humanity & Inclusion's team of 78 staff members in Sierra Leone work to:
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Since 2008, Humanity & Inclusion facilitates the training of teachers in pedagogical techniques that take into account difficulties faced by children with disabilities.
The organization also helps the Ministry of Education develop specific modules adapted to Sierra Leone to create inclusive learning environments.
Mother and Child Health
Humanity & Inclusion works to reduce mortality rates and increase early detection of disability by improving mothers and children's access to healthcare in Sierra Leone.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been operating in Sierra Leone since 1996, fostering an inclusive culture and working to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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Ebola Emergency Response
When the Ebola epidemic hit Sierra Leone, Humanity & Inclusion managed a fleet of ambulances covering the entire Freetown region and prevented the virus from spreading by applying a very strict decontamination protocol.
Since the end of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, the organization has shifted its attention to rehabilitation and support for Ebola survivors.