In 2001, EMERGENCY began a program for war victims in Goderich, a village near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Due to the evident dire medical needs of the population, the center widened its admissions criteria to include orthopedics, and all surgical emergencies. Since 2001, EMERGENCY has treated 464,801 people in Sierra Leone. Just this month, a new emergency room was opened, doubling the capacity to care for trauma and critical cases at the Surgical Center in Goderich.
–Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY Medical Coordinator in Goderich, Sierra Leone