Early and exclusive breastfeeding significantly improves babies’ nutrition.
Radio broadcasters convey messages of peace and reconciliation.
USAID helped rebuild primary schools after Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war.
The Ambassadors’ Girls’ Scholarship Program helps vulnerable students stay in school.
About Sierra Leone
Since the end of the civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone has been steadily rebuilding physical, social and health infrastructure. However, the challenges of endemic corruption, high youth unemployment, inadequate services, and widespread poverty are still critical impediments to progress.
Opportunities for economic growth lie in supporting agriculture and private sector development, developing eco-tourism, encouraging the return of diaspora professionals, and expanding job creation for youth (as of 2013 more than 42 percent of the population was under 15 years old.) Higher economic prospects are predicted for Sierra Leone along with increased returns from foreign investment in mining projects.
In response to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak, USAID has activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). The DART, comprising team members in Monrovia, Liberia, and Conakry, Guinea, coordinates planning, operations, logistics, administrative issues, and other critical areas of the interagency response to help control the outbreak.
Last updated: November 20, 2014