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These Demographic Dividend fact sheets focuses on the 4 pillars to harness the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth. It places emphasis on the key actions to promote Education & Skills development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Rights, Governance and Empowerment of youth as well as Health and Wellbeing of young sierra Leoneans.

 

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Members of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) traveled to Sierra Leone to embark on a study tour focusing on reproductive health and family planning from 5 November to 13 November. The delegates visited a variety of services at various levels of the health system, with actors including the British High Commission, UK Aid, WHO, NGOs and the Government.
The APPG on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health is a cross-party platform for Peers and MPs in the UK to raise awareness on key development and rights issues, with a specific focus on population and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The group was established in 1979 and is one of the oldest APPGs in Westminster. It has more than 70 members with representation from all major political parties, and from both Houses in the UK Parliament.

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Since 2014, the unprecedented and waning Ebola virus disease outbreak has captured the world’s attention and has affected several West African countries, especially Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The nature of the crisis has highlighted the importance of a coordinated ‘multicountry cross-border’ approach to build an effective response.
UNFPA has pioneered such regional cooperation in the design of the Mano River Midwifery Response (MRMR) initiative. Implemented in close consultation with the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat, this flagship initiative aimed at establishing the basis for a strong and resilient health system that would continue to provide essential maternal and reproductive health services even during crisis.
The MRMR received utmost attention and timely support from the Government of Japan, a strong advocate and supporter of maternal health in humanitarian settings and the initiator of the “Womenomics” concept, which looks at economic empowerment of women as a pillar of human security.
This “1000s of lives saved during Ebola outbreak” photobook is presenting some results of this lifesaving collaboration between UNFPA, the governments of the three former Ebola countries, the MRU Secretariat, and the Government of Japan.

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This is Volume One of the results of the Survey on the Availability of Modern Contraceptives and Essential Life-Saving Maternal and Reproductive Health Medicines in Service Delivery Points in Sierra Leone. It is published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office in Sierra Leone.

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Teenage pregnancy is one of the universal problems that affect the lives of adolescent and young girl’s. Teenage pregnancy often risks girls health and impediments to their, social, economic and political progress and empowerment of adolescent and young girls in Sierra Leone. All teenage pregnancies irrespective of the outcome have adverse consequences for the girls, their parents and the community..

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This is the second annual report of the ‘Survey of Modern Contra ceptives and Essential Life saving Maternal and Reproductive Health Medicines in Service Delivery Points’ in Sierra Leone.Sierra Leone, with a projected current population of about 6.1 million, has about the highest maternal (857/100,000 live births), infant (89/1,000), under-f ive (140/1,000) and child mortality (56/1,000) in the world

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Many social policies, including health policies, assume that young adolescents are living with at least one or, ideally, both parents. It is presumed that parents (or even grandparents) may be relied upon to provide income, moral or logistical support, housing, and protection. Many programs directed at this age group assume some level of engagement by parents and therefore may seek to have parental input on important policies.

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Improving the health of a nation is one of the key priorities of our Government. Formulation of launch of this National Health SEctor Strategic PLan (2010-2015) for further development of our country's health sector is therefore a major achievement.

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Many countries have taken up the cause of preventing adolescent pregnancies, often through actions aimed at changing a girl’s behaviour. Implicit in such interventions are a belief that the girl is responsible for preventing pregnancy and an assumption that if she does become pregnant, she is at fault.

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This document summarizes UNFPA's support to the Free Health Care Initiative from the planning stage to the launching and operationalization. Main areas of UNFPA interventions include procurement and distribution of drugs and equipment,strengthening of the logistics system, improvement of CEmONC, capacity building of health related human resources, empowerment for effective and sustainable demand creation.

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