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20 August 2018

Empowering adolescents through Girls’ Clubs

PUJEHUN, Sierra Leone, 20 August 2018 - Sierra Leone ranks as the 18th country with the highest prevalence of child marriage globally, with 38.9 percent of girls married before age 18 among 20-24... Read more

17 August 2018
Press Release

National stakeholders workshop kick-starts roll out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 August 2018 – A two-day national stakeholders workshop took place to discuss the way forward for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in Sierra Leone.... Read more

12 August 2018
Youth advocates in Freetown ©UNFPASierraLeone/2018/Reid

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Youth Day 2018

We want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and make good on our pledge to leave no one behind. We want to build lasting peace. Therefore, young people belong at the centre of our collective... Read more

17 July 2018

Irish Aid UN Volunteer lends support to youth empowerment in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 July 2018 - Ellen Donnelly came to Sierra Leone as a volunteer programme specialist in youth and gender, contributing to UNFPA programmes including the Irish Aid-funded... Read more

11 July 2018

World Population Day: Family planning is a human right

STATEMENT BY UNFPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DR. NATALIA KANEM     Fifty years ago, the world declared that “parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing... Read more

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