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National strategy for the reduction of teenage pregnancy 2013-2015

Early childbearing is common in Sierra Leone: one out of three pregnancies occur among teenage girls (SL DHS 2008). Teenage pregnancies have negative effects on the survival of girls: 40% of maternal deaths occur among teenage girls (MICS 2010).

Through a sustained effort with development partners such as UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs and Youth Organisations, the Government aims to reduce by 2015 the adolescent fertility rate from 122 per 1000 15-19 year old girls (MICS 2010) to 110, and reduce the proportion of girls aged 15-19 that have begun childbearing from 34% (SL DHS 2008) to 30%.

The Government of Sierra Leone aims to reduce teenage pregnancy through two sets of interventions:

  • At community level, partners work to improve access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights information (SRHR) and services for young people and to promote young women’s empowerment.
  • At national level, the Government and its partners review existing policies to promote adolescent and young people’s access to SRHR.

Specific outputs should be the following:

  1. Improved policy and legal environment to protect SRHR
  2. Improved access for quality SRH, protection and education services
  3. Comprehensive age appropriate information and education for adolescents and young people
  4. Community, adolescent and young people empowered to prevent and respond to teenage pregnancy
  5. Coordination, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in place and allowing proper management of the strategy.
 Government of Sierra Leone. (2013). Let girls be girls, not mothers! National strategy for the reduction of teenage pregnancy. Freetown: GoSL.
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