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Sierra Leone

GOAL began working in Sierra Leone in 1999, as part of a post-civil war response. GOAL went on to play a central role in the 2014 Ebola response. With over 160 team members, our programmes in Sierra Leone currently operate in nine of the country’s 16 districts: Western Area Urban, Western Area Rural, Tonkolili, Kambia, Kenema, Bombali, Karene, Koinadugu and Moyamba.

Transitioning from our Emergency Response programme, GOAL’s work now focuses on longer-term sustainable development, including Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Resilient Health and Sustainable Livelihoods whilst providing emergency response support as needed to emerging crises and threats.

What we do in
Sierra Leone

Emergency Response
Resilient Health

A strong history of humanitarian response

GOAL undertakes activities to prepare for shocks and emergencies, developing preparedness plans and supporting district-level partners to do the same.

This experience saw GOAL take a central role in the response to the Ebola crisis of 2014. GOAL trucked water to quarantined areas, enhanced facility-based WASH resources, and trained and supported community health workers on disease management and control. Extensive experience from the Ebola response helped GOAL establish the Community-Led Action (CLA) approach, which is now a nationally adopted Social Behaviour Change (SBC) tool aimed at spreading awareness messaging through a community-centred, locally-led approach. 

More recently, GOAL has responded to the 2017 mudslide in the country's capital of Freetown and provided essential supports to health systems in response to the onset of Covid-19. GOAL regularly supports victims of fires and flooding, and provides ongoing support to national response agencies.

Resilient Health across all six of GOAL's focus districts

GOAL supports local District Health Management Teams as they work to improve population health. Within this, we take a particular focus on child protection and adolescent, sexual and reproductive health. GOAL works closely with vulnerable children and youth to reunify them with their caregivers, provide them with non-formal education and access to key health services. We are also working to improve demand for, and access to, sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents. This is a key step in combating high levels of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality in the country.

GOAL delivers urban and rural Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) programmes in Freetown and Kenema districts. WASH interventions include direct service provision (such as a Faecal Sludge Management in Freetown - the first of its kind in the country, and access to clean water in Kenema) whilst promoting positive behaviour change for increased service demand.

GOAL also provided critical COVID-19 response support to communities and national governing health teams, utilising experience from the Ebola response to form the Community-Led Action (CLA) approach. This was also utilised nationally to support the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among low-uptake communities.

Promoting financial inclusion in Sierra Leone

GOAL’s inclusion programme currently runs in five districts: Freetown, Kenema, Kambia, Bombali, and Koinadugu. Work is designed to focus on ‘decent’ work, address reliance on informal work sectors and combat human trafficking and child labour.

Advocacy is an important part of this. Our team is working to deliver practical activities on the ground, strengthen child protection structures at the community level, and lobby for key regional and national developments. 

Our achievements

  • GOAL teams in Sierra Leone supported a total of 2.4 million people in 2022.
  • Over 2 million people were reached with GOAL's health programming last year.
  • In 2022, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) interventions supported 630,000 people.
  • Our emergency preparedness work in the past year has helped over 1.4 million people to be better prepared for future shocks and emergencies.

Our work in numbers


GOAL Sierra Leone begins


Programme expenditure in 2023


Staff across six districts


People reached in 2022

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