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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 –  In 2019, UNFPA supported the National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy in establishing 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... 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

24 September 2019

The Safe Delivery App saving the lives of mothers and babies: Champion midwives leading the way

MAKENI, Sierra Leone, 3 September 2019 - Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world (1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births). Poor accessibility and low utilisation of... Read more

19 September 2019

New youth advisory panel established to end child marriage and reduce teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

By Marion Mbiyu   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 19 September 2019 - Every year, a large number of adolescent girls in Sierra Leone are forced into early marriages and drop out of school to become... Read more

17 September 2019

Newly constructed Rokupa Hospital will improve the quality of care and health outcomes for women and children in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 September 2019 – The newly constructed Rokupa Hospital was opened today by His Excellency the Vice President Dr. Juldeh Jalloh. Rokupa Hospital is a comprehensive emergency... Read more