In Sierra Leone, many mothers and babies continue to die from preventable causes. Fortunately, significant improvements to health services for mothers, babies and adolescents were made between 2012 and 2017 despite the recent Ebola outbreak.
Sierra Leone’s latest Maternal Death and Surveillance Report, released end of May, 2017 calls for united actions from government, health workers, communities and partners to tackle the high number of maternal deaths in the country.
Adolescent mothers between the ages of 15 and 19 and their babies experience greater risks to their health in comparison with women aged 20 to 24 years old. In this paper, the authors explore the factors that affect adolescents’ use of maternal health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
- 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.