Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north-east, Liberia to the south-east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west. It's population is a little over 7 million, with over 1 million in its capital Freetown. It suffers from a chronic shortage of trained medical personnel, not least in the eye care field. The government, along with non government organisations such as Vision Aid Overseas, are attempting to address this overwhelming need. With only 1 Optometrist in the country it was decided that an Optometric Technician qualification should be established.