Welcome to FOCUS 1000

Key Strategic Areas

Evidence Population Advocacy Community Engagement and Capacity Development

FOCUS 1000 (Facilitating and Organizing Communities to Unite for Sustainable Development)  is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone that is committed to making the best investment in the most crucial period in a child’s life: the first 1000 days.


Our vision is to create a society where children and young people not only live and grow well but also thrive, fulfilling their full potential in life, and enjoying a bright and promising future.


Facilitate maximum community participation, ownership, and sustainability of programs to enhance the livelihood and quality of life of children and young people to complement the efforts of Government in partnership with relevant stakeholders.


  • Ensuring community equity, engagement, and ownership
  • Facilitating shared responsibility and collective learning among stakeholders
  • Supporting creativity, innovation, and novelty in approaches
  • Fostering diversity in perspectives and supporting sustainable development

KEY Intervention Areas

  • Maternal & Child Health, and Nutrition
  • Young Child and Adolescent Development and Protection
  • Improving Quality and Utilization of Basic Services
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

The first 1000 days of a child’s life, is a period which is often referred to as the golden window of opportunity. Investments made during this period have an everlasting impact on the child’s likelihood to survive, thrive, and become a productive member of society. All our programmes, studies and activities contribute to our focus and ethos which aims to exercise the potential of this period in every child’s life

Orientation and Launching of the Africa CDC Saving Lives and Livelihood Project Nationwide

The purpose of the mission was to engage community stakeholders to be aware of the ongoing vaccination processes undertaken by the #SLRCS, FOCUS 1000, and #DHMT through the Saving lives and Livelihood project which is sponsored by the Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation.

We Work With The Government and Development Partners

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FOCUS 1000 is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone that invests in the first 1000 days of a child’s life – the period from conception to the child’s second birthday. During this crucial period, the child is susceptible to life-threatening illnesses and conditions such as diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, pneumonia, and HIV.

We Work with The Kombra Network


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Our Blogs

SUN rise for Scaling Up Nutrition

Photo: Ramatu Jalloh Coordinator Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) and Immunization CSP/ FOCUS 1000 delivering a presentation during the Safe Clinic…

Our Friends

Jessica Vapnek

Jessica’s connection to Africa is long and rich: she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Zaire…

Gail Uilkema

In 2003, after 21 years as a school superintendent, Gail retired and immediately founded Lantern Projects. Over the…

Bruce Kennedy

Bruce Kennedy was a program officer with UNICEF in Freetown for 5 years in the 1980s. Altogether he…

Promoting Immunization Amidst the Threat of Ebola

Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:26 The Ebola outbreak that began in May 2014 derailed significant progress that had been made in helping immunization coverage rates recover from the 1990-2000…

Contact Us

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Contact Information

Phone no

+232 78 848 925
+232 79 060 592
+232 79 878 824




Main Office: 7e Conteh Drive Off Old Railway Line, Tengbeh Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Ebola KAP Study Lead

FOCUS 1000 provided support to the efforts of the Government of Sierra Leone, development partners, and civil society in ending the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in Sierra Leone. With the support of the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), UNICEF and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), FOCUS 1000 conducted a series of  National KAP studies to determine  public knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) relating to EVD Prevention and Medical Care in Sierra Leone. The findings are being used to help inform  national social mobilization efforts.


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