Map of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

  • USAID’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security Assistance Program helps increase agricultural productivity and improve food and nutrition security and incomes in Sierra Leone.

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  • USAID is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to improve access to quality health services in Sierra Leone in the post-Ebola recovery phase.

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  • One of USAID’s priorities in Sierra Leone is building the capacity of health workers to deliver neonatal and reproductive health, infant, acute malnutrition and growth monitoring.

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  • USAID works with the Government of Sierra Leone to help women realize their rights.

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USAID's aquaculture project teaches beneficiaries to construct and stock fish ponds in Tonkolili.
Fish Farming Brings Food and Nutrition Security to Rural Sierra Leone
Wanday Bangura with her wares
In Wake of Ebola, Cash Transfers Rebuild Livelihoods in Sierra Leone
The WELD project has established a total of 212 Savings Groups which have saved a total of US 102 thousand dollars.
Savings Groups Empower Women in Sierra Leone

About Sierra Leone

With a population of approximately 7 million, Sierra Leone is one of the least developed low-income countries. The country’s GDP per capita is only $254, with approximately 73 percent of Sierra Leone rural population living in poverty. Women and girls feel the impact of this poverty disproportionately, with customary laws, institutional and economic barriers and widely held cultural and social beliefs acting as significant ongoing barriers to women’s full integration into the decision-making sphere at the household, community and national levels. Until the most severe Ebola Virus Disease ever recorded struck in May 2014, the country had made gains in the democratic and development processes since the end of the brutal civil war in 2002. This is evidenced by a peaceful transition from one democratically elected government to another in 2007, 2012, and 2018.  During the Ebola outbreak, the Sierra Leone economy contracted at an estimated rate of 2.8%. Before then, the economy had grown at an estimated rate of 11.3% and an average growth rate in per capita income of about 4%, largely based on export earnings from iron ore.

USAID works closely with the Government of Sierra Leone and other donors to ensure that basic health services are accessible to those most in need and health systems are prepared to respond adequately to future public health crises.

Last updated: July 11, 2019

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Mission Contact

USAID/Sierra Leone
c/o U.S. Embassy, Room 2014
South Ridge - Hill Station
Sierra Leone
+232 76 515000
+232 76 515355

USAID Contact

Adam Kaloides
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
, DC