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30 Aug 2017 description

At least 500 people, including 150 children, have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, with hundreds more missing. The scale and trauma of the disaster that took place in the capital of Sierra Leone on August 14 is becoming clear.

Nearly 6,000 Freetown residents have been directly affected and more than 800 have been reported missing. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing critical support.

17 Aug 2017 description

More than 300 people are reported to have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. According to reports, 3,000 people have been made homeless. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing support to the most vulnerable individuals.

At least 312 people were killed and hundreds reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday.

20 Jan 2016 description

During the Ebola epidemic, Handicap International’s inclusive education program in Sierra Leone switched into emergency mode. Staff and community based volunteers ensured that the 1,700 children with disabilities in the program knew how to protect themselves from Ebola and continued to learn even when schools were closed.

16 Jan 2016 description

At the start of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, many people with disabilities did not know about Ebola because the national public awareness campaign did not share information in formats they could understand. Handicap International, present in Sierra Leone since 1996, stepped in to ensure people with different kinds of disabilities knew how to prevent the disease.

18 Nov 2015 description

Mike Denny is a nurse and Infection Prevention & Control specialist from Gallup, New Mexico, U.S. He served as the Infection Prevention & Control Manager for the Ambulance project in Sierra Leone from June to November, 2015. This was his first mission for Handicap International.

What are the services provided by Handicap International’s ambulance project?

17 Nov 2015 description

Mike Denny is a nurse and Infection Prevention & Control specialist from Gallup, New Mexico, U.S. He served as the Infection Prevention & Control Manager for the Ambulance project in Sierra Leone from June to November, 2015. This was his first mission for Handicap International.

What are the services provided by Handicap International’s ambulance project?

08 Nov 2015 description

After 42 days without new Ebola infections, Sierra Leone was declared free of the deadly Ebola infection on Saturday Nov. 7. The disease had raged in the country for well over a year, and claimed nearly 4,000 lives.

“Saturday should be a day of celebration for the people of Sierra Leone and everyone who has fought this epidemic,” explains Gaëlle Faure of Handicap International’s Ebola program. “When we reach the end of a crisis, we must celebrate—we should make the most of it!”

21 Jul 2015 description

Since 2012, Handicap International has been helping children with disabilities go to school in Sierra Leone. However, with the onset of the Ebola epidemic last year, schools were closed. Now that schools have reopened, Handicap International has been checking on children with disabilities previously enrolled to ensure they have returned to school. Recently, a staff member checked in with Fanta, 8, who has cerebral palsy.

09 Jul 2015 description

This short paper outlines priorities for successful and sustainable community-based health systems:

  1. Community engagement is crucial for getting to zero on Ebola. The governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must continue to prioritise and resource this. We must ensure that lessons are learned and embedded for future Ebola outbreaks.

22 Apr 2015 description

Despite the hopes raised by a sharp drop in the number of contaminations in January, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet. In Sierra Leone, where Handicap International manages the only fleet of ambulances used exclusively to transport people suspected of having Ebola, the number of new cases remained steady in February and March.

26 Nov 2014 description

Millions of people with disabilities live in the countries worst affected by the Ebola virus epidemic. For Handicap International, it’s vital to ensure that these vulnerable people are included in awareness campaigns and aid efforts. Bruno Leclercq, Handicap International’s field program director in Liberia and Sierra Leone, talks about what the organization is doing in response to the outbreak.

20 Aug 2014 description

In many developing countries, people with disabilities, especially those with hearing and visual impairments, are often not educated about health and disease prevention because the information is not shared in a format they can understand. This lack of information makes them more vulnerable to contracting disease and less likely to seek appropriate care. This is certainly the case with the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

08 Aug 2014 description

We need your help to expand Handicap International’s services. Now, thanks to a generous donor, any gift you make through August 31, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000.

06 Aug 2014 description

Following an initial outbreak in Guinea last March, the latest Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spread rapidly to neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia. The number of cases attributed to Ebola fever currently stands at 1,201, including 672 deaths.

18 Apr 2014 description

Thanks to a three-year-long inclusive education project in Sierra Leone funded by the U.K. government, Handicap International is ensuring that children with disabilities have the chance to go school. In Sierra Leone, as in many other developing countries, children with disabilities are typically excluded due to long-held stigmas and a lack of disability-specific resources.

29 Nov 2010 description

In West Africa, as with many other regions of the world, people with disabilities are largely excluded from the process of development, with extremely limited opportunities to engage in public consultations and decision-making. This exclusion only serves to reinforce the marginalisation, critical poverty and isolation experienced by people with disabilities in the region.

22 Aug 2006 description

Le 20 juin dernier, Charles Taylor, ancien président libérien, est arrivé aux Pays-Bas, o=F9 il sera jugé pour son rôle dans la guerre civile sierra-léonaise. A cette occasion, Handicap International lance une campagne d'information sur la Sierra Leone. L'association entend interpeller l'opinion sur l'oubli dans lequel est tombé ce pays martyr. Enfants soldats d'hier, enfants des rues d'aujourd'hui et enfants handicapés ont toujours besoin de notre soutien.

04 Mar 2002 description

Présente dans les camps de réfugiés de Guinée, Sierra Leone, Liberia depuis plusieurs années, Handicap International est fortement interpellée par le contenu de la note du HCR et de SCF faisant état de violences et d'abus sexuels à l'encontre d'enfants, perpétrés par des personnels d'organismes nationaux et internationaux, en charge de l'aide et de la protection des populations réfugiées et déplacées.