Sierra Leone: Country health profile



The health sector in Sierra Leone is gradually recovering from the devastating impact of the Ebola outbreak. As part of this drive to rebuild the health sector, the President of Sierra Leone has identified two key priority areas for immediate action – maintain a resilient zero and reduce maternal and child mortality – in the the next two years.

Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 181 out of 188 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI). HDI indications for 2014 place 10% of adult women reached at least a secondary level of education, compared to, 21.7% of their male counterparts. Female participation in the labour market is 65.7% compared to 69% for men.

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Health Profile of Sierra Leone

Health services are delivered through a network of health facilities. This network consists of 1,258 peripheral health units, including community health centres, community health posts, maternal and child health posts and 40 hospitals (23 government owned and the remainder owned by private, nongovernmental and faith-based organizations).

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Ebola Outbreak (2014-2016)

The first confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone was recorded on 24 May 2014. Since then, almost two years after, 8,706 cases have been confirmed, and 3,590 deaths have been recorded as of 27 March 2016. On 29 March, the 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) provided its view that Ebola transmission in West Africa no longer constitutes an extraordinary event, that the risk of international spread is now low, and that countries currently have the capacity to respond rapidly to new virus emergences.


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More about the country health profile:

icon Sierra Leone Health Sector Annual Performance Report 2015

icon Sierra Leone Demographic Health Survey - 2013

icon Sierra Leone Demographic Health Survey - 2008