Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world – decimated by 11 years of civil war. We're seeking solutions to the challenges faced by children and their families through our development and humanitarian work, focusing on health, education, child protection and children’s rights.
Our health work aims to strengthen district health systems and improve the quality of maternal, newborn and child health services. Within our education programme, we’re focusing on quality education, emphasising evidence-based approaches and/or direct interventions that will contribute to improved learning outcomes for children. We’re also working with young people to improve vocational education and skills development.
Our child protection programme focuses on strengthening systems for protecting children at national, district and community levels. Thematic priority areas are children without appropriate care, sexual abuse and exploitation of children and harmful traditional practices. We’re strengthening national systems and supporting monitoring of children’s rights through working with the national government and the Child Rights Coalition of Sierra Leone.
Update: Ebola response
Save the Children teams are currently on the ground in Sierra Leone responding to the Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 5,000 people so far in West Africa. We're managing a treatment centre near the capital Freetown which has increased the country's bed capacity for Ebola patients by a fifth. We've run a street awareness campaign, reaching approximately 25,000 people. We've distributed protective items to health facilities. And we're providing care to unaccompanied children and orphans affected by the crisis.