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Worlds Apart - Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality

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Women with choices and greater reproductive health are better empowered to seek and keep better jobs, and contribute more to their families, nations and global prosperity. 

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Family planning increases survival and improves the health of millions of people. Women who choose family planning are healthier and face lower risk of maternal death. Children born to women who space their pregnancies tend to be healthier and face reduced risk of death in their first five years. 

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Family planning saves women’s lives by allowing women to delay motherhood, space births, avoid unwanted pregnancies and abortion, and stop childbearing when they have the number of children they want. 

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The Services to Pregnant Girls Project supported girls that became pregnant during Ebola to access health and psychosocial services, complimenting their education in learning centers. The project contributed to the empowerment and re-integration of girls into formal schooling. 

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This Annual Report outlines some of the key accomplishments of UNFPA in Sierra Leone and summarises the work achieved by its team in supporting the Presidential Priority targets of the 10-24 month post-Ebola recovery plan. 

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Launch of the Demographic Dividend in Sierra Leone

The Demographic Dividend was launched by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma  in April 2017.  The launch attracted a large number of government ministers, diplomats, media representatives and members of the public. The launch provided the Government of Sierra Leone with an opportunity to reaffirm its commitments to empower youth through the development of a roadmap. The launch also provided a platform for UNFPA and development partners to advocate for improved engagement with young people.

 
 
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Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Annual Report 2017

Sierra Leone’s latest Maternal Death and Surveillance Response (MDSR) report, released today at a launch in Freetown, calls for united action from government, health workers, communities and partners to tackle the high number of maternal deaths occurring in the country.  In 2016, a total of 706 maternal deaths were reported although the MDSR report suggests that the actual amount of maternal deaths may be much higher.

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These Demographic Dividend fact sheets focuses on the 4 pillars to harness the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth. It places emphasis on the key actions to promote Education & Skills development, Employment and Entrepreneurship, Rights, Governance and Empowerment of youth as well as Health and Wellbeing of young sierra Leoneans.

 

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