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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About Sierra Leone

With a population of approximately 6 million, Sierra Leone is one of the least developed low-income countries. The country’s GDP per capita is only $254, leaving 73 percent of Sierra Leone’s rural population in poverty. Women and girls feel the impact of this poverty disproportionately, with customary laws 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.  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.

Last updated: July 18, 2017

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

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

USAID Contact

Richard Driscroll
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington
, DC 
20523
Phone 
202-712-0814