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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
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Sexual and reproductive health in risk pooling schemes

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

Adolescent health competencies were included in curricula of health professionals
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Discrimination prevention in health curricula

Prevention of stigma and discrimination was included in curricula of health professionals
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Sexual and reproductive health indicators available

Sexual and reproductive health indicators were collected periodically, and made publically available
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Youth participation in humanitarian response

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

A representative sample of census data was released within 12 months of launching the main census report
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Rapid assessments in crises

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

901
Fistula repair surgeries provided with the support of UNFPA
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Life skills programmes for girls

28,823
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes
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Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

120
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls
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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
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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
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Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

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

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Programme Activities

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    Sierra Leone 2021 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:
    $7,515,654
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $6,560,816 (87%)
    GOV $391,052 (5%)
    NGO $542,198 (7%)
    UN $21,588 (0%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (14%)
    Non-core Resources (86%)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Total Spending:
    $3,938,845
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $3,274,484 (83%)
    UN $21,588 (1%)
    NGO $404,708 (10%)
    GOV $238,065 (6%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (26)
    Non-core Resources (74)
    Health workforce capacity
    Increased national capacity to deliver health workforce capacity
    Total Spending:
    $284,741
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $39,584 (14%)
    NGO $137,490 (48%)
    GOV $107,668 (38%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Sexual and reproductive health Policies
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
    Total Spending:
    $27,916
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $0 (-0%)
    GOV $27,916 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Supply chain management
    Increased national capacity to deliver supply chain management
    Total Spending:
    $3,254,604
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $3,246,484 (100%)
    GOV $8,120 (0%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Increased national capacity to deliver consistent with budget results and accountability for sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $9,548
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $264 (3%)
    GOV $9,284 (97%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    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:
    $376,016
    Implemented by:
    GOV $121,852 (32%)
    UNFPA $172,799 (46%)
    NGO $81,365 (22%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (46%)
    Non-core Resources (54%)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
    Total Spending:
    $376,016
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $172,799 (46%)
    NGO $81,365 (22%)
    GOV $121,852 (32%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (46)
    Non-core Resources (54)
    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:
    $866,368
    Implemented by:
    GOV $101,534 (12%)
    NGO $391,393 (45%)
    UNFPA $373,441 (43%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (21%)
    Non-core Resources (79%)
    Prevention and addressing of GBV
    Ending GBV
    Total Spending:
    $324,423
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $100,027 (31%)
    NGO $138,706 (43%)
    GOV $85,691 (26%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (30)
    Non-core Resources (70)
    Eliminating harmful practices
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $470,678
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $238,005 (51%)
    NGO $232,674 (49%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (15)
    Non-core Resources (85)
    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:
    $51,253
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $35,410 (69%)
    GOV $15,843 (31%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (31)
    Non-core Resources (69)
    Social Norms
    Support for institutions on gender equality and women's empowerment
    Total Spending:
    $20,013
    Implemented by:
    NGO $20,013 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Organizational effectiveness
    Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
    Total Spending:
    $8,054
    Implemented by:
    NGO $8,054 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100%)
    Improved programming for results
    Public sector policy and administrative management
    Total Spending:
    $8,054
    Implemented by:
    NGO $8,054 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-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:
    $182,639
    Implemented by:
    GOV $100,977 (55%)
    UNFPA $81,662 (45%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (94%)
    Non-core Resources (6%)
    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:
    $115,113
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $81,662 (71%)
    GOV $33,451 (29%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    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:
    $67,526
    Implemented by:
    GOV $67,526 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (85)
    Non-core Resources (15)

    Programme Documentation

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    CPD Caribbean - SRO [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/CAR/7)
    Cycle: 2022-2026
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    CPD Caribbean-SRO [2007-2011] (DP/FPA/CPD/CAR/4)
    Cycle: 2007-2011
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    CPD Caribbean-SRO [2017-2021] (DP/FPA/CPD/CAR/6)
    Cycle: 2017-2021
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    CPD Caribbean-SRO [2012-2016] (DP/FPA/CPD/CAR/5)
    Cycle: 2012-2016
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