MamaYe is extremely concerned by the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The impact of the virus not only constitutes a health emergency in itself, but places great strain on the health systems of those countries affected. There is little evidence available on the precise impact of the virus, but outcomes from two different studies seem to suggest that women and newborns are more at risk.
An effective response to Ebola in Sierra Leone is hampered by the same issues that make it the most dangerous country in the world to delivery a baby, writes Professor Peter Piot in the Financial Times.
This book offers medical anthropologist perspectives to understandings of Ebola. Drawing upon a variety of case studies from Central Africa, the authors argue that medical responses to future Ebola outbreaks can be strengthened by integrating the attitudes and practices of local people into control procedures. This summary highlights the key findings and recommendations given by the authors.
What are the latest numbers on maternal and newborn health in Sierra Leone? How do they vary between urban and rural areas? When young Sierra Leonean women are educated, how much more likely are they to gain access to contraception?
The Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) tracks progress on maternal and child health and we've visualised the latest numbers.
Check out all of the infographics, source data and analysis here.