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30 January 2021
Press Release

New graduate midwives will help reduce the gap in the midwifery workforce in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 30 January 2021 -  The National School of Midwifery today held its thirty-fourth graduation ceremony for 102 state certified midwives after they completed 18 months of... Read more

25 January 2021

By escaping female genital mutilation, I was able to help others - Fatmata’s story

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 3 December 2020:  As one of 10 children, Fatmata Kamassie endured her parents’ separation when she was a child. “We lived in Koidu town but our life was so challenging because... Read more

14 December 2020
Fatmata S. Kamara with her new back to school kit ©UNFPA Sierra Leone/2020/John Sesay

Ensuring adolescent girls continue their education amid the COVID-19 pandemic

KAMBIA, Sierra Leone, 4 December 2020 - When schools closed in March this year as part of the government’s coronavirus mitigation strategies, Fatmata S. Kamara, aged 17 from Mombolo Chiefdom, Kambia... Read more

10 December 2020

Standing up for human rights more important than ever

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on Human Rights Day   Realizing human rights, equal and inalienable for every person, is the most just and meaningful goal of any society.... Read more

3 December 2020

The health systems we build back after COVID-19 must reach everyone

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities More than a billion people: that’s how many live with a disability today. Some... Read more

25 November 2020
UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem

Stand up and say ‘enough’ to violence

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Violence against Women   Enough! That’s what we say, today and every day, to all forms of violence against... Read more

24 November 2020

UNFPA implements numerous measures at Bo Government Hospital to improve obstetric care services

BO, Sierra Leone, 24 November 2020  -  The Bo Government Hospital is a busy health facility which provides vital services to pregnant women on a daily basis. Serving over a million people, the ... Read more

12 November 2020
Press Release

Despite global COVID-19 crisis, governments uphold support for women and girls’ health and rights, one year after historic Summit

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 12 November 2020 -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the health and economies of countries around the world, governments, non-governmental... Read more

5 November 2020
Press Release

UNFPA provides back to school kits to 1000 adolescent girls in three districts

PUJEHUN, Sierra Leone, 5 November 2020: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) through its partner, Women in Crisis Movement, with funding from Irish Aid, is providing 1,000 vulnerable girls from... Read more

8 October 2020

Let’s listen to girls and uphold their rights

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem On the International Day of the Girl 11 October 2020     It is every girl’s right to speak and to be heard.   Today, on the International Day... Read more