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31/01/2018

Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world with 1,360 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. One of the main cause of maternal deaths is postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding after delivery) which accounted for 33 per cent of all deaths.

Meet Desmond Ayodele Lewis, Sierra Leone’s highest blood donor, who is helping to save the lives of women and children. So far, he has donated 102 units of blood.

Desmond, a member of the Voluntary Blood Donor Association, speaks on the significance of donating blood. 

This interview is a follow-up to a week-long campaign in mid-November 2017, in four regions of Sierra Leone, organized by the  Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s – Blood Service Progamme, with support from UNFPA and funded by UK aid (DfID Saving Lives Programme). 

18/12/2017

In August, UNFPA supported the 2017 National Girls Camp which was organized by the Office of the First Lady. The camp targets girls aged 10 – 19, providing them with information on their rights and responsibilities, and equipping them with the knowledge and tools to fulfill their potential.

Recently we caught up with one of the participants, 20-year-old Eunice Mustapha, to find out her thoughts on the Girls Camp and how the camp has had an impact on her life.

 

04/12/2017

The 2015 Population and Housing Census data will help to reach national goals for the next 10 years.

01/11/2017

Coverage of the UNFPA Sierra Leone launch of the State of World Population report at the Juba IDP camp on 17 October 2017. According to the State of World Population report entitled, 'Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality' which states unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and development.

The UNFPA report recommends focusing on the furthest behind first, in line with the United Nations blueprint for achieving sustainable development and inclusive societies by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has “envisaged a better future, one where we collectively tear down the barriers and correct disparities,” the report states. “Reducing all inequalities needs to be the aim. Some of the most powerful contributions can come from realizing...women’s reproductive rights.”

24/10/2017
Child marriage is a severe violation of human rights and a serious form of child abuse. Global statistics report that every year approximately 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. The region of West and Central Africa has the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in Africa, and the world’s second highest prevalence rate (after South Asia)[1]. In Sierra Leone the picture is equally daunting. According to the Demographic Health Survey 2013, 28 percent of adolescents aged 15-19 years in Sierra Leone have begun childbearing, and 38.9 percent of 20-24 year olds were married before the age of 18.  Additionally, the survey revealed that maternal mortality in Sierra Leone is still one of the highest at 1,360 per 100,000 live births; teenage child bearing contributes to nearly one third (28 per cent) of all pregnancies nationwide; and 40 per cent of maternal deaths occur as a result of teenage pregnancy.
 
UNFPA and UNICEF are jointly implementing the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. The Global Programme approach recognises that ending child marriage will involve addressing complex socio-cultural and structural factors which contribute to child marriage over an extended period. 
19/10/2017

Numerous people lost their lives, their homes and loved ones in the recent floods in Sierra Leone. Although, Samura Forna, our UNFPA gardener survived the floods, he tragically lost his daughter, two grand-children, son-in-law, cousin and his home.

17/10/2017

In today’s world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

01/01/2016
Check out our documentary on UNFPA support to Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care Services (EmONC) in Sierra Leone.
 
01/01/2016

Video documentary produced by Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and partners to commemorate the launching of the multi sectoral national strategy to reduce Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. The strategy was officially launched by the Sierra Leone president H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 13th May 2013 in the Freetown.

01/01/2016

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