Sierra Leone

Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 6.316 million
  • Population under 15: 43%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 46 years
  • Human Development Index: 181 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Low Income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence (age 15-49): 1.4%
  • Mean Household Composition: 5.9 members
  • Female-Headed Households: 28%
  • Early Marriage (% of girls married by 18 years): 39%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2013

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Better Care Network1 Nov 2016

This country care review includes the care-related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child. 

Catholic Relief Services – Sierra Leone23 Sep 2016

The Project Director (PD) will be responsible for the overall management of the “All Pikin for Learn” program. 

Zuilkowski S.S., Collet K, Jambai M., Akinsulure-Smith A.M., Betancourt T.S.1 Sep 2016

In Sierra Leone, as in conflict and postconflict settings around the world, youth are coping with their exposure to violence during conflict as well as the poverty and displacement that follow war and the stigma that can persist long after involvement with armed groups has ended.

Better Care Network21 Mar 2016

This country brief provides an overview of data on children’s living arrangements in Sierra Leone extracted from the 2013 DHS survey.

Claudena Skran - The Conversation13 Aug 2015

This article reports on the need for local adoption solutions for the children who have been orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Tulip Mazumdar - BBC News21 Jul 2015

This article from BBC News sheds light on the efforts of one man in Sierra Leone, who has since died of the Ebola virus, to provide care to children who have been orphaned by Ebola and to reintegrate them into their communities.

Michael G. Wessells - Child Abuse & Neglect1 May 2015

This article examines an alternative approach to child protection which consists of community-driven, bottom-up work that enables nonformal–formal collaboration and alignment, greater use of formal services, internally driven social change, and high levels of community ownership. The article offers a case example of a community-driven program in Sierra Leone.

The Japan Times24 Feb 2015

A staff member at a British-run orphanage in Freetown, Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola, sending over 20 children who resided in the orphanage into quarantine due to their exposure to the virus, according to the article.

David K. Evans and Anna Popova - World Bank 1 Feb 2015

This paper combines data on the age distribution of current and projected mortality from Ebola with the fertility distribution of adults in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, to estimate the likely impact of the epidemic on the number of orphans in these three countries.

Amy Maxmen - AlJazeera America 5 Jan 2015

Seventeen year-old Haja Umu Jalloh, a survivor of Ebola, has been caring for about 40 children at the St. George Foundation Interim Care Center in Sierra Leone.