Sierra Leone, in West Africa, is an extremely poor country with only 2 qualified optometrists for a population of 7 million people.


Despite being rich in natural resources, Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries. Its recent history of an 11-year Civil War, from 1991 to 2002, and the Ebola outbreak in 2014/2015 have both had a devastating effect on life in Sierra Leone, particularly in terms of the population’s health, economy and physical infrastructure.


Our work in focus

Working in partnership with The Clothworkers’ Foundation, The Maitri Trust, The Laing Foundation and Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, Vision Aid Overseas' eye care programme in Sierra Leone is focused on developing affordable eye care services in the country's Eastern and Northern Provinces.

Thanks to the generous support from all of our partners, we have so far established three Vision Centres in the Eastern Province (Kenema, Koidu and Kailahun) and one Vision Centre in the Northern Province (Bombali). We have also been able to support 15 Optometry Technicians with sponsorship to train in the Gambia, as Sierra Leone has no training facility.

 

Kenema Vision Centre: Built within the Kenema Eye Hospital, the Kenema Vision Centre provides on-going support to the hospital to deliver eye tests and glasses to the public. The Vision Centre staff also support the hospital in delivering outreach clinics to the more isolated communities so that no one is left behind.

Koidu Dispensary: In 2015, the Koidu Vision Centre and Dispensary opened enabling people living within the Kono district to access much needed eye care services and affordable glasses.

Kailahun Dispensary: A further dispensary was opened in 2017 at Kailahun Government Hospital providing access to low-cost prescription glasses.