Sierra Leone

Doris Titus recently gave birth to her son at the CRS-supported Bayamah Health Outpost. The outpost also has an infant nutrition clinic. Photo by Karen Kasmauski/CRS

Doris Titus recently gave birth to her son at the CRS-supported Bayamah Health Outpost. The outpost also has an infant nutrition clinic. Photo by Karen Kasmauski/CRS

Sierra Leone is among the least developed countries in the world, ranking 180 out of 187 countries in the 2011 Human Development Index.

  • The maternal mortality ratio is extremely high, at 890 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
  • The under-five mortality rate is the worst in the world at 185 deaths per 1,000 live births, of which 119, or over half, occur within the first year of life. The majority of deaths are a result of malaria.
  • The average number of years of education of adults is just 2.9 years.
  • 53 percent of Sierra Leoneans live on less than $1 a day, while 35 percent of people are undernourished.
  • Sierra Leone has been prone to cholera and experienced a severe outbreak in 2012.

Despite the significant challenges following the civil war (1992-2002), Sierra Leone is showing signs of improvement. The government, now entering its second term after a peaceful, free and fair election, has been implementing its Agenda for Change, which prioritizes four strategic areas: enhancing national electricity; developing the national transportation network; enhancing productivity in agriculture and fisheries; and sustaining human development, notably health, education and water.

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Stats

Population:5,612,685 (July 2013 est.)
Size:75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota
People Served:742,459 (2013 est.)

History

Catholic Relief Services has a long and rich history in Sierra Leone. Prior to the civil war, which broke out in 1992, CRS implemented education and health programs largely through support from USAID. During the war CRS provided lifesaving assistance to internally displaced people, and after the war ended in 2002, CRS supported the rebuilding of the country, particularly the agriculture and health sectors.

Partners

Caritas Sierra Leone
The Global Fund
United States Department of Agriculture

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Health
Microfinance
Water and Sanitation


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