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18 June 2018

UNFPA introduces new family planning contraceptive in Sierra Leone

This article was written by Saidu Bah and originally published by Awoko Newspaper on 18 June 2018. Republished with permission.   The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has introduced the new... Read more

24 May 2018
Solar panels in the UNFPA Sierra Leone office compound in Freetown

UNFPA in Sierra Leone converts to solar power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 24 May 2018 – Nearly two weeks before World Environment Day, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund turned on its new solar power system as a green step towards reducing... Read more

17 May 2018

Leaving no one behind: Let us commit to ending fistula now!

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2018 Pregnancy and childbirth should be among the happiest of occasions in a woman’s... Read more

5 May 2018
A midwife assists a mother with breast feeding her newborn baby at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, Freetown

Statement by UNFPA Representative, Dr. Kim E. Dickson on the International Day of the Midwife

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 5 May 2018 - Every year in Sierra Leone, thousands of pregnant women lose their lives while trying to give birth. The country has the highest maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in... Read more

30 April 2018

UNFPA continues to invest in midwives in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 30 April 2018 - One in every 17 women bear the risk of dying during labour in Sierra Leone which emphasizes the ongoing need for more qualified midwives in the country. ... Read more

27 March 2018
Zainab Binta Jalloh was married off at age 15. Today, she is outspoken about her experience and the need for change. Image courtesy of Zainab.

Escaping child marriage in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 27 March 2018 – "According to our tradition, a girl should get married when she reaches puberty," said Zainab Binta Jalloh, a 23-year-old from Sierra Leone’s Koinadugu... Read more

8 March 2018

Life skills training raises awareness about sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “Providing life-saving and life-transforming services to women and adolescent girls can prevent unintended pregnancies, assist them in delivering their babies... Read more

8 March 2018

UNFPA fistula camp helps women and girls in Sierra Leone regain their dignity

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “The effects of women and girls living with obstetric fistula are much more than the physical pain. The condition often leaves them rejected by their husbands,... Read more

8 March 2018
Rural woman in Tombo Walla, Kambia district. © UNFPA Sierra Leone 2018/Angelique Reid

International Women’s Day - Protecting reproductive rights of rural women: a pathway to a more equal world

The economic inequalities plaguing much of the world today are reinforced by many other forms of inequality, including inequalities in sexual and reproductive health. More than 200 million women—many... Read more

15 February 2018

Overcoming child marriage to pursue an education - Zainab's story

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 15 February 2018 - Zainab Binta Jalloh a 23-year-old university student from Koinadugu district attended the UNFPA-supported National Girls Camp in Freetown. Zainab was... Read more