Sierra Leone Country Overview

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Sierra Leone Country Overview

Sierra Leone’s maternal, infant and children under five mortality rates are amongst the highest in the world. More than a quarter of children under five are affected by stunting. Despite the country’s efforts to improve health in recent years, communicable diseases and other preventable causes continue to result in devastating health outcomes. In the past decade, Sierra Leone’s health system faced two enormous crises, in the form of the world’s largest Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The risk for future epidemics and other public health crises remains high. Ensuring equitable, affordable health care for all citizens requires a holistic, systems-strengthening approach that is grounded in local partnerships and national networks.

IMA World Health strengthens health systems to ensure sustainability by engaging with existing local networks, including government systems, faith-based networks and community groups. In West Africa, IMA World Health works alongside our peer organizations in the Corus International family to address the interconnected challenges of poverty, education, health care access and climate change. Since the mid-1970s, our Corus partner Lutheran World Relief has worked to increase smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate change while supporting long-term economic development throughout the region. In Sierra Leone specifically, Corus organization CGA Technologies has worked with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation since 2011 to improve the quality of healthcare delivery by strengthening the management of healthcare workers. CGA Technologies also works with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and the Teaching Service Commission to improve education resource management and build an inclusive, equitable education system aligned to learner needs. By integrating resources and expertise throughout the Corus family, IMA World Health is uniquely positioned to continue to improve national health outcomes by strengthening integration of health services, scaling up evidence-based interventions and improving maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

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