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This Annual Report outlines some of the key accomplishments of UNFPA in Sierra Leone and summarises the work achieved by its team in supporting the Presidential Priority targets of the 10-24 month post-Ebola recovery plan. 

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The Services to Pregnant Girls Project supported girls that became pregnant during Ebola to access health and psychosocial services, complimenting their education in learning centers. The project contributed to the empowerment and re-integration of girls into formal schooling. 

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Launch of the Demographic Dividend in Sierra Leone
 
The Demographic Dividend was launched by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma  in April 2017.  The launch attracted a large number of government ministers, diplomats, mediarepresentatives and members of the public. The launch provided the Government of Sierra Leone with an opportunity to reaffirm its commitments to empower youth through thedevelopment of a roadmap.  The launch also provided a platform for UNFPA and development partners to advocate for improved engagement with young people.
 
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Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Annual Report 2017

Sierra Leone’s latest Maternal Death and Surveillance Response (MDSR) report, released today at a launch in Freetown, calls for united action from government, health workers, communities and partners to tackle the high number of maternal deaths occurring in the country.  In 2016, a total of 706 maternal deaths were reported although the MDSR report suggests that the actual amount of maternal deaths may be much higher.

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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 the second survey report in a series of three surveys.The first (baseline) survey had been conducted in May / June 2014. This second report pertains to surveys and focus groups performed in 2016, after WHO declared the Ebola outbreak period ended. The aim of the survey was to monitor the effectiveness of demand-generation programmes, and the availability, uptake and quality of care of Family Planning services. 

 

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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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