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Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, our mission is to improve education in Tonkolili District. We’re working in 118 schools to enhance the quality of learning for students. To improve health, we are working with parents to promote better hygiene practices with their children.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 6.09 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 51.71%
  • Life expectancy: 45.56
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 117
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 182
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 890
  • Literacy rate: 43.3%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 9.5%

On the ground in Sierra Leone for 18 years, Concern used its deep connections within communities to scale up a response that fought Ebola at all levels of the transmission chain.

In 2014, Sierra Leone was at the epicenter of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. On the ground in Sierra Leone for 18 years, Concern used its deep connections within communities to scale up a response that fought Ebola at all levels of the transmission chain. The outbreak sparked widespread panic among communities, so our initial response focused on educating people on what Ebola is and how it is contracted. Our work quickly expanded from training health care workers in infection prevention and control and case investigations to contact tracing and providing food to quarantined families. When schools were forced to close due to the outbreak, we worked with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education to roll out an emergency education program that kept learning alive by radio.In October, Concern began managing ten burial teams and two cemeteries in an effort to reduce the high rate of Ebola transmission around funerals. The teams contributed to the safe burial of 3,150 people, nearly all of whom were buried with markers so that families can visit the gravesites of their loved ones once it is safe to do so.