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7 April 2020

World Health Day: Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

On this World Health Day, we mark the first International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Midwives are central to everything we do at UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health... Read more

30 March 2020

UNFPA Sierra Leone applauds decision to overturn ban on pregnant girls attending school

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 30 March 2020: United Nations Population Fund commends the decision of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education to lift the ban on pregnant girls attending school... Read more

8 March 2020

I am Generation Equality: Working together to achieve a gender-equal world

This International Women's Day, we celebrate the icons who blazed the trail towards gender equality. We now look to today’s generation of activists, women who are shaping a vision of a better... Read more

5 March 2020

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has... Read more

6 February 2020

Unleashing youth power: A decade of accelerating actions towards zero female genital mutilation

Joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom... Read more

1 February 2020

UNFPA pilots Firefly App to support family planning services in Sierra Leone

By Nki Nafisa Jones   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 1 February 2020 - Lack of access to family planning services contributes to Sierra Leone’s high rates of unplanned pregnancies, which may have an impact... Read more

21 January 2020

Youth champion breaking barriers for disability

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 10 January 2020 – Last year, UNFPA supported the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy to establish a youth advisory panel consisting of 16 youth... Read more

11 October 2019

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Girl Child

GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable on the road to Nairobi and beyond!       Around the world, girls are challenging gender stereotypes and breaking free from the traditional roles that society has... Read more

8 October 2019

Volunteering is very important and can actually change your life: Ashmao’s story

 FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 8 October 2019 - “I have always been interested in volunteering and first heard about the National Youth Service Corps Volunteers in Nigeria and Kenya. I discovered in 2018,... Read more

1 October 2019

Surgical community health officers in Sierra Leone serving the community and saving lives

MAKENI, Sierra Leone, 1 October 2019 - A shortage of qualified professional health staff and limited capacities in training institutions are identified as key challenges in the health sector in... Read more