Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Children

Emergency Alert: Save the Children has warned of a child health crisis in Sierra Leone due to contaminated water supplies and lack of safe shelter following this week's deadly floods and mudslide. Learn More.

Save the Children’s Ramatu Jalloh in Sierra Leone shares important news about how the mudslides are affecting children and what we are doing to help. Watch the video.

Facts About Sierra Leone Mudslides

Devastating mudslides and torrential flooding have killed more than 300 people — 122 of them children — around Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. In addition, 810 people are missing, and two suspected cases of cholera have been reported.

The mudslides engulfed hundreds of houses, trapping families as they slept. 3,000 people have been forced from their homes — around half of them thought to be children.

The government of Sierra Leone is currently leading the search and rescue effort, desperately searching for survivors.

Save the Children is providing counselling and support services to children and families affected by the crisis, and plans to distribute thousands of sanitary and hygiene products including soap powder, water treatment kits and hand-washing equipment.

About Sierra Leone

Having worked in West Africa since 1987, Save the Children's relief workers have extensive experience in humanitarian response to the region's frequent disasters and emergencies. In 2012, we mounted large-scale emergency response and helped control the cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone. We also battled Ebola in Sierra Leone, with help from people like you. Now, we are helping the fragile country rebuild programs and services that help children survive and thrive.

Facts About
Sierra Leone

More than 6.4 Million
live there

About 28% of girls and boys are out of school

120 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

Our Work

There is a silver-lining on this very dark cloud. Recent health care reforms in Sierra Leone have opened up free access to the country’s poorest mothers and children. As a result, the use of health facilities to treat children for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia has risen dramatically since 2011. It’s too soon to know how many lives will be saved, but we know from our own clinics that free healthcare means that children get the help they need.

Learn More About Our Ebola Response

Our Work in
Sierra Leone

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 8,314
from harm

supported 132,118
in times of crisis

provided 309,682 children
with a healthy start in life

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;

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