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12/02/2020

UNFPA Sierra Leone marked International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation - UN Women Sierra Leone Representative Dr. Mary Okumu delivered her poignant remarks.

12/02/2020

UNFPA Sierra Leone in partnership with Girlz Empowered held a lively discussion on female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone with key stakeholders.

The country representative Dr. Kim Eva Dickson delivered her remarks.

12/02/2020

UNFPA Sierra Leone marked International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation in partnership with Girlz Empowered.

In attendance and performing for the audience was Vicky the Poet who delivered an impactful poem on FGM.

01/10/2019

Ever wondered what is in a UNFPA Sierra Leone dignity kit, provided to vulnerable and marginalized women and girls at times when they need it the most?

 

"When we speak about dignity, we are actually talking about a fundamental human right," said Dr. Natalia Kanem. 

 

Watch our Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem reveal all the contents of the UNFPA Sierra Leone and UK Aid supported dignity kit on 26 September at the SDG Action Zone, held during the High-level week of the UN General Assembly. 

 

 

 

19/08/2019

Under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Japan supported Strengthening Emergency Obstetric Care in Sierra Leone project, UNFPA rehabilitated and refurbished eight community health centres across the country. The project focuses on ensuring that women and adolescent girls are provided with access to quality family planning information and services, including ante-natal and post-natal care services, skilled birth attendants during childbirth, including emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ms Angelique Reid, Communication Specialist

UNFPA Sierra Leone

M: +232 78 340044

E: areid@unfpa.org

15/08/2019

Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births. One in 17 women bear a lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Sierra Leone has very high child, infant, and neonatal mortality rates: 156, 92, and 39 per 1,000 live births, respectively.  

With generous funding from UK aid, UNFPA constructed and refurbished six community health centres and two hospitals: King Harman Road Hospital and Rokupa Hospital. In addition, UNFPA also equipped  all of the facilities to ensure that they are able to provide quality maternal newborn and child health services.

Rokupa Hospital

The Rokupa hospital is being established as a maternal newborn and child health centre of excellence. Located in the Western Urban District of Freetown, the Rokupa hospital serves a projected catchment population of 27,460, and an expected 6,315 women of reproductive age. The facility will provide a full range of reproductive maternal and newborn health care, comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care as well as in-patient and out-patient services. It has an operating theatre to support surgical interventions including caesarian sections, and is expected to contribute to improved health outcomes for pregnant women in the catchment area and beyond.

King Harman Road Hospital

Located in the Western Urban District of Freetown, the King Harman Road hospital serves a catchment population of 19,386, and an expected 4, 458 women of reproductive age. The old infrastructure was deemed not fit for purpose; hence, it was demolished and replaced with a new construction. The King Harman Road Hospital will provide a full range of maternal, newborn and child health services, including quality comprehensive emergency maternal obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) services. 

 

For more information, please contact:

Ms Angelique Reid, Communication Specialist

UNFPA Sierra Leone

M: +232 78 340044

E: areid@unfpa.org

 

07/05/2019

Safiatu Foday, Programme Analyst at UNFPA Sierra Leone and President of the Sierra Leone Midwives Association was on African Youth Voices television discussing International Day of the Midwife commemorated on 5 May. This year's theme: “Midwives: Defenders of Women's Rights”. UNFPA supports midwifery in the key areas of education, regulation, association and service delivery. As UNFPA Sierra Leone, since 2010 we have supported all midwifery institutions in the country (Freetown, Makeni and more recently Bo) in the areas of students’ scholarships, faculty development and clinical environment improvements. It is significant that so far that through UNFPA support, and with funds from UK aid we have collectively over 700 midwives to graduate and strengthen reproductive health services in Sierra Leone.

UNFPA has also supported the development of the first ever Strategic Plan for Midwifery and Nursing which was launched last March by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone during the conference of the West African College of Nursing. We are happy for the collaboration with the Offices of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Registrar of the Nurses and Midwives Board and the Sierra Leone Midwives Association in activities such as preceptorship policy development, regulatory bill finalisation, skills development in basic emergency and newborn care to mention a few.

22/02/2019

UNFPA REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA VISITS SIERRA LEONE

Tuesday, 12 February – Friday, 15 February 2019

15/07/2018

UNFPA Sierra Leone's Patrica Bah is joined with Marie Stopes country representative, Ufouma Omo Obi, and Dr. Sartie Kenneh from Ministry of Health and Sanitation to discuss family planning and adolescent health on African Youth Voices television to mark World Population Day.

13/07/2018

Are you wondering what more UNFPA in Sierra Leone has planned to mark World Population Day?

Watch this space!!! 

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