One of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leone is still healing the scars of a brutal 10-year civil war which ended in 2002, leaving the country with overwhelming poverty.
In 2014, it saw its already fragile healthcare system collapse even further when it was struck by Ebola, causing a large number of international aid organisations to leave. Last year, it was hit by tragedy again, when flooding and mudslides killed over 1,000 people in the capital, Freetown.
The civil war alone left 1,600 living amputees, and the lack of aid and infrastructure in the country means that the need for wheelchair services is desperate.
About Sierra Leone
% living below poverty line
Year started working
Number of distributions
This number is based on UCP Wheels for Humanity’s multiplier, which takes the birth rate in each country and estimates that one wheelchair impacts the beneficiaries life in full, 0.75% of his or her primary caregiver’s life and 0.25% of the surrounding family members’ (siblings) lives.
Sierra Leone is a beautiful, green and mountainous country and yet considered one of the poorest in the world. It has suffered through a long, dark history of a 10 year civil war, followed by an Ebola epidemic, leaving the country in a stage of extreme poverty, but things are slowly changing for the better. […]
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, still trying to heal the scars of a brutal 10-year civil war which ended in 2002, leaving the country with a serious lack of infrastructure and overwhelming poverty. In 2014, it saw its already extremely fragile healthcare system collapse even further when it was […]