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 – the worst outbreak in the last 15 years. 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.
More than 5 Million
people live there
Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years
160 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day
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. But the Ebola crisis must be controlled in order for the clinics to be able to return to their lifesaving work for children.
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Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 846,717 children
with a healthy start in life
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.
You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014