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Sierra Leone

Ebola: From Recovery to Self-Reliance
Ebola: From Recovery to Self-Reliance
Moving from Recovery to Self-Reliance: USAID Impact in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
Moving from Recovery to Self-Reliance: USAID Impact in Guinea, Liberia and 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.

Contact Information

Mission Contact

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

USAID Contact

Stephanie Saenger
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington
, DC 
20523
Phone 
202-712-1623

Last updated: October 30, 2019

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