Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone continues to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that ended in 2002. The war destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Rural areas face many challenges that have slowed recovery, leading to high rates of poverty, hunger and disease. The country also continues to recover from the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Episcopal Relief & Development and the Anglican Diocese of Bo have worked together for many years on integrated programs that focus on community health, with particular focus on malaria. The Church’s community networks active in educating and mobilizing communities on malaria were vital in mounting a successful response to Ebola, and ongoing Ebola recovery work will continue to include awareness and prevention on these issues, with special focus on women, children and people with disabilities.

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Supporting income-generating activities to strengthen communities and improve the local economy

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival
  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
  • Reducing the long-term impact of Ebola by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination
  • Fighting malaria through implementing the NetsforLife® methodology

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Examining possible hazards and leveraging local strengths and resources to reduce disaster risk and build resilience

Sierra Leone Press Releases & Stories

Charting Pathways to Integration and ImpactWorld Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End MalariaWorld Malaria Day: Invest in the FutureWorld Malaria Day 2015: NetsforLife® Doubles Malaria Net Total, Expands Volunteer Capacity

Fast Facts

Rapid population growth and overuse of land has resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion, which threaten food supply.
Sierra Leone's maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the world, due to lack of water and sanitation, poor nutrition and limited access to health care.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-BeingEnsure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages  Learn more»

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesMake cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable  Learn more »

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 13: Climate ActionTake urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts  Learn more »

Goal 15: Life on Land

Goal 15: Life on LandSustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss  Learn more »

Goal 16: Peace and Justice

Goal 16: Peace and JusticePromote just, peaceful and inclusive societies  Learn more »

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