Country

Country infoSierra Leone

Statistics:
Population: 5.9 million (2012)
Per Capita Income: USD 580/year (2012)
Poverty rate*: 53% (2011)
Literacy rate: 42% (2010)
Human Development Index: Index: 177th out of 187 countries (2012)

 

Sierra Leone has made considerable progress since the end of the civil war in 2002, consolidating peace, democracy and improving development indicators. The Sierra Leone government has prioritised and implemented reforms aimed at reducing corruption, providing health care and improving transport, power and public health infrastructures. Despite these significant political and socio-economic achievements, Sierra Leone will not meet its targets for the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Infant and maternal mortality rates are among the worst in the world. Poverty is heavily concentrated in the rural and other urban areas around Freetown. Underemployment remains a challenge and is especially acute in rural areas, compounded by a high level of illiteracy.

Sources: indexmundi, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank
*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.

Archived project
Primary school boarding house
Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)

 

SSLDF aimed to construct and equip the first floor of a boarding house for 120 students (60 per floor) at a primary school in the village of Magbenteh.

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Extension of a hospital
Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)

 

In response to an increased influx of patients, SSLDF aimed to increase the capacity, the conditions and the quality of care at the Magbenteh Community Hospital (MCH) in Makeni, by constructing a new outpatient department.

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A village for polio victims
Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation (SSLDF)

 

The project’s goal was to construct a village to welcome 250 polio victims on a plot of land bought by the Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation in the Bombali district, and donated to the Makeni association of polio victims. 

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Reconstructive surgery for fistula
Mercy Ships

 

The project aimed to increase the quality of life for women in Sierra Leone suffering from obstetric fistula through specialized surgical interventions and holistic care; and to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality by providing basic healthcare to children through diagnosis, medical treatment, immunisations and community health education.

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