Medical Assistance Sierra Leone was established in 2003 with the aim of supporting access to health care and urgent medical treatment for communities and individuals in Sierra Leone.
In February 2010, Medical Assistance Sierra Leone and Consultant Neurologist Dr Lisk of Basildon Hospital with the Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone established the first functioning clinical epilepsy service in Sierra Leone. There was no such facility in the country. A network of 23 clinics are now established across the country. Over 7,000 people are now registered and receiving treatment for epilepsy through this initiative, and MASL is providing the anti-epileptic drugs used in this programme. A national education and awareness-raising programme brings forward patients for treatment and enables the provision of support and advice through Epilepsy Support Workers working across the country.
MASL also works with The Sierra Leone Association for Persons with Albinism and is developing a strategy of support for eye and skin care, whilst providing quality SPF 50 sun cream, sunglasses and protective clothing for distribution free of charge to members across the country. We support the advocacy work of the Association which raises awareness, challenges disabling stigma and works for the full realisation of the rights of Persons With Albinism in health care provision, education and in the community.