Spotlight on Adolescent Girls in Sierra Leone

No. of pages: 8

Publication date: June 2017

Author: UNFPA Sierra Leone

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During and immediately after the Ebola outbreak, there was increased attention on the problem of teenage pregnancy. A coordinated response from the governement, donors and development partners was required to address the issue. 

Through the provision of health and psychosocial services, the Services to Adolescent Girls Project complemented educational efforts and addressed the needs of the many girls who became pregnant. The project is a model for future interventions to support girls' health and safe delivery and to enable their reintegration into formal education and their recovery from sexual violence. Based on the lessons learned from the Services to Adolescent Girls Project, the Government of Sierra Leone, with support of partners, is expanding the bridging programme to include girls who dropped out of school for other reaons in the hopes of informing and empowering girls for a brighter future.