Sierra Leone

Doris Titus recently gave birth to her son at the CRS-supported Bayamah Health Outpost. The outpost also has an infant nutrition clinic. Photo by Karen Kasmauski/CRS

Doris Titus recently gave birth to her son at the CRS-supported Bayamah Health Outpost. The outpost also has an infant nutrition clinic. Photo by Karen Kasmauski/CRS

Sierra Leone remains among the least developed countries in the world, ranking 177 out of 187 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index. Rates of child and maternal morality are high, levels of education are low and, despite rich resource endowments and abundant land, 53 percent of Sierra Leoneans live on less than $1 a day and rely on subsistence agriculture. Thirty-five percent of people are undernourished.

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Stats

Population:5,612,685 (July 2013 est.)
Size:75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota
People Served:642,459

History

CRS started work in Sierra Leone in 1963, implementing education and health programs largely through USAID. During the civil war, from 1992 to 2002, we provided lifesaving assistance to internally displaced persons, and since the war ended we have helped rebuild the country, particularly the health, education and agricultural sectors.

Partners

Caritas
The Global Fund
United States Department of Agriculture

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Health


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