In 2001, EMERGENCY opened a Surgical Centre in Goderich, on the outskirts of Freetown, the country's capital. The Centre provides free high quality treatment in orthopaedics, trauma and emergency surgery.
In 2002, EMERGENCY opened a Paediatric Centre next to the Surgical Centre in order to guarantee treatment to children under 14.
The child mortality rate in Sierra Leone is one of the highest in the world: malaria, malnutrition, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections are the main causes of death among children up to 5 years of age.
The International staff is also committed to training local personnel: EMERGENCY's Surgical Centre has been recognized as a training institution for anaesthetist nurses by the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone.
In September 2014, to deal with the Ebola outbreak in the country, EMERGENCY opened a Treatment Centre for Ebola patients in Lakka, a few kilometres from the capital. In the following months, we strenghtened our Ebola response with the opening of a First Aid Post in Waterloo and of a new, 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Goderich. Following the end of the peak of the epidemic, and due to the decline in new cases, activities at the Ebola First Aid Post in Waterloo and at the Lakka Holding Centre ended. Activites at the ETU in Goderich ended in May 2015.
Since February 2015, Emergency is involved in the implementation of two European projects (Collaborative Research Projects): "EbolaMoDRAD" and "FILODIAG", supported by the European Commission under the Innovative Medicines Initiative Programme.
Between November 2015 and January 2016, activites started at the Lokomasama and Waterloo First Aid Posts.