Map of Sierra Leone

Our Work

USAID’s support to Sierra Leone’s health system includes helping to strengthen disaster preparedness response after the recent Ebola outbreak.
USAID’s support to Sierra Leone’s health system includes helping to strengthen disaster preparedness response after the recent Ebola outbreak.
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Agriculture and Food Security

Agriculture remains the strength of Sierra Leone’s economy and contributes about 50 percent of GDP. A weak agricultural production and the low level of commercialization caused by the 10-year civil war and the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak exacerbated poverty in the country. The government’s post-Ebola recovery measures include restoring basic socio-economic services across the country, and lifting economic growth rates. USAID’s Feed the Future Program addresses these problems with support to development of rice and fish farming systems to increase productivity and improve food and nutrition security and incomes in the country.

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance

In 2012, with support from USAID and other partners, Sierra Leone conducted transparent and credible presidential elections that peacefully ceded leadership to the opposition party. However, limited accountability, transparency, and availability of funds to the local council affected the active involvement of citizens in the country's development. USAID worked with the Government to help ensure peaceful, free, and fair elections in 2018. We currently support the Women Empowered for Leadership and Development project that reduces the significant ongoing barriers to women and girls’ participation in decision-making at the household, community and national levels.

Global Health

During the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015, many health workers died caring for the sick, exacerbating skill shortages in a country that had few trained health personnel. To help the country recover, we work closely with the Government  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. USAID programs target these areas by adapting strategies that strengthen national capacity and build resilience. In collaboration with partners, we help detect viruses with pandemic potential, improve laboratory capacity to support surveillance, respond in an appropriate and timely manner, strengthen national and local response capacities, and educate at-risk populations on how to prevent exposure to these dangerous pathogens.

Last updated: October 30, 2019

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