UNFPA Sierra Leone

Despite recent civil conflict, Sierra Leone has significantly reduced its maternal mortality rate. Teenage pregnancy continues to be an issue, however, accounting for a high portion of maternal deaths. Active in the country since 1971, UNFPA supports ongoing improvements in sexual and reproductive health services, through midwifery programmes, better emergency obstetric and newborn care, and the effective management of reproductive health commodities. It helps services respond to gender-based violence and reach marginalized adolescents and youth, and also assists in developing national capacities to collect and analyse demographic data.

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Key results of Sierra Leone in 2020 View more

Sexual and reproductive health in risk pooling schemes

Sexual and reproductive health services were included as part of risk pooling and prepayment schemes

Adolescent health competencies

Adolescent health competencies were included in curricula of health professionals

Discrimination prevention in health curricula

Prevention of stigma and discrimination was included in curricula of health professionals

Sexual and reproductive health indicators available

Sexual and reproductive health indicators were collected periodically, and made publically available

Youth participation in humanitarian response

During a humanitarian crisis, young people were included in decision-making mechanisms in all phases of humanitarian response

Census sample availability

A representative sample of census data was released within 12 months of launching the main census report

Rapid assessments in crises

During a humanitarian crisis, rapid assessments of affected populations were conducted

Fistula treatment

901
Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA

Life skills programmes for girls

28,823
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

120
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Child, early and forced marriage

14,826
Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Community declarations on harmful practices

232
Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices, with support from UNFPA, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

1,970
Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package

Key results2020

UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries

Total people reached with all types of GBV services

Affected population reached with Family Planning services

Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services

Number of adolescents aged 10-14 reached with SRH services

Number of adolescents aged 15-19 reached with SRH services

Number of young people aged 20-24 reached with SRH services

Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities

Number of people reached with personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies

Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)

Dignity Kits distributed

Number of health facilities that provide specialized GBV services (including Clinical Management of Rape), supported by UNFPA

Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health

Personnel trained on clinical management of rape

Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)

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Programme Activities

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    Sierra Leone 2020 Programme Activities data

    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
    Total Spending:
    $6,406,054
    Implemented by:
    GOV $275,086 (4%)
    UNFPA $4,307,836 (67%)
    UN $173,578 (3%)
    NGO $1,649,554 (26%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (12)
    Non-core Resources (88)
    Sexual and reproductive health Policies
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
    Total Spending:
    $90,353
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $88670 (98%)
    GOV $1683 (2%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (2)
    Non-core Resources (98)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Total Spending:
    $5,482,281
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $3467537 (63%)
    UN $173578 (3%)
    NGO $1649554 (30%)
    GOV $191612 (3%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (14)
    Non-core Resources (86)
    Supply chain management
    Increased national capacity to deliver supply chain management
    Total Spending:
    $631,155
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $614253 (97%)
    GOV $16902 (3%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (0)
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Health workforce capacity
    Increased national capacity to deliver health workforce capacity
    Total Spending:
    $202,264
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $137376 (68%)
    GOV $64888 (32%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (1)
    Non-core Resources (99)
    Adolescents and youth
    Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $511,418
    Implemented by:
    GOV $58,532 (11%)
    UNFPA $452,886 (89%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (27)
    Non-core Resources (73)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
    Total Spending:
    $458,688
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $450384 (98%)
    GOV $8304 (2%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (18)
    Non-core Resources (82)
    Youth leadership and participation
    Increased national capacity to design and implement community and school based comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes that promote human rights and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $52,729
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $2502 (5%)
    GOV $50227 (95%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Gender equality
    Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
    Total Spending:
    $1,067,090
    Implemented by:
    GOV $79,885 (7%)
    NGO $169,597 (16%)
    UNFPA $817,609 (77%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (66)
    Non-core Resources (34)
    Prevention and addressing of GBV
    Ending GBV
    Total Spending:
    $922,202
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $732651 (79%)
    NGO $130556 (14%)
    GOV $58995 (6%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (63)
    Non-core Resources (37)
    Social Norms
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $51,119
    Implemented by:
    NGO $30230 (59%)
    GOV $20889 (41%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (89)
    Non-core Resources (11)
    Eliminating harmful practices
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $57,192
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $48381 (85%)
    NGO $8811 (15%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (57)
    Non-core Resources (43)
    Accountability for gender equality
    Strengthened international and national protection systems for advancing reproductive rights, promoting gender equality and non-discrimination and addressing gender-based violence
    Total Spending:
    $36,576
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $36576 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Analysis on population dynamics
    Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $483,550
    Implemented by:
    GOV $228,710 (47%)
    UNFPA $254,840 (53%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (30)
    Non-core Resources (70)
    National population data system
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic
    Total Spending:
    $306,841
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $254840 (83%)
    GOV $52000 (17%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (40)
    Non-core Resources (60)
    Demographic intelligence
    Strengthened national capacity for production and dissemination of quality disaggregated data on population and development issues that allows for mapping of demographic disparities
    Total Spending:
    $176,710
    Implemented by:
    GOV $176710 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (12)
    Non-core Resources (88)

    Programme Documentation

    CPE Sierra Leone [2011-2012] (DP/FPA/2010/21)
    Cycle: 2011-2012
    CPD Sierra Leone [2020-2023] (DP/FPA/CPD/SLE/7)
    Cycle: 2020-2023
    CPAP Sierra Leone [2013-2014]
    Cycle: 2013-2014
    CPD Sierra Leone [2015-2019] (DP/FPA/CPD/SLE/6)
    Cycle: 2015-2019
    CPD Sierra Leone [2008-2010] (DP/FPA/CPD/SLE/4)
    Cycle: 2008-2010
    CPD Sierra Leone [2013-2014] (DP/FPA/CPD/SLE/5)
    Cycle: 2013-2014
    Technical notes and sources

    The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

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