Better access to energy for rural communities in Sierra Leone

Energy access, energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy are a crucial part of creating more sustainable, inclusive and resilient communities.  Energy access is essential to improving food security, job creation, spur economic growth whilst addressing security concerns and empowering women as they play a key role in the sector. Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access lies at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal 7 calls for “affordable and clean energy”.Continue reading Better access to energy for rural communities in Sierra Leone

Decade of Action

The Sustainable Development Goals—our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world—are gaining global momentum.With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.Continue reading Decade of Action

The New United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF Sierra Leone 2020-2023

The new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2023 is the strategic plan of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) contributing to the national development priorities and strategies of the Government of Sierra Leone, as established in the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019-2023.Continue reading The New United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF Sierra Leone 2020-2023

National stakeholders workshop kick-starts roll out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sierra Leone

By Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Sierra Leone   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 August 2018 – A two-day national stakeholders workshop took place to discuss the way forward for the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in Sierra Leone. The national workshop, which brought together key stakeholders from across the country, was organized by the Ministry of Basic and SeniorContinue reading National stakeholders workshop kick-starts roll out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, cash transfers bring relief to families affected by deadly floods

By Harriet Mason, Communications Officer, UNICEF Sierra Leone FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – After a 20-minute-walk up a steep rocky path in the Dwarzark community, I arrived at the new home of Foday and Mamiesia Kallon and their 14-month-old son. It’s a fresh start following the tragic events of 14 August 2017 when flooding and aContinue reading In Sierra Leone, cash transfers bring relief to families affected by deadly floods

Irish Aid UN Volunteer lends support to youth empowerment in Sierra Leone

By UNFPA Sierra Leone   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 17 July 2018 – Ellen Donnelly came to Sierra Leone as a volunteer programme specialist in youth and gender, contributing to UNFPA programmes including the Irish Aid-funded Girls’ Access to Education and Services (GATES) Project. With Irish Aid funding amounting to €1 million, the project advances IrishContinue reading Irish Aid UN Volunteer lends support to youth empowerment in Sierra Leone

July Newsletter

In this edition of the UN Sierra Leone Newsletter, you will find examples of what the UN has been doing to “green the blue,” replant trees, switch to solar energy, improve data management for better healthcare, and support community initiatives. Together, they tell the story of how we are working for a more resilient SierraContinue reading July Newsletter

UNFPA introduces new family planning contraceptive in Sierra Leone

This article was written by Saidu Bah and originally published by Awoko Newspaper on 18 June 2018. Republished with permission. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has introduced the new Sino-implant (II) Levoplant that is a sub dermal contraceptive implant. The implant is a set of two flexible, cylindrical rods made of medical-grade silicon elastomer about theContinue reading UNFPA introduces new family planning contraceptive in Sierra Leone

UNFPA in Sierra Leone converts to solar power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

By Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Sierra Leone   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 24 May 2018 – Nearly two weeks before World Environment Day, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund turned on its new solar power system as a green step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and making the office compound energy efficient. This change comes onContinue reading UNFPA in Sierra Leone converts to solar power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Life skills training raises awareness about sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in Sierra Leone

By UNFPA Sierra Leone   Freetown, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “Providing life-saving and life-transforming services to women and adolescent girls can prevent unintended pregnancies, assist them in delivering their babies safely and improve their awareness of harmful practices,” said Catherine Theo Harding, Haikal administrative assistant. “When adolescent girls are empowered with information to makeContinue reading Life skills training raises awareness about sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in Sierra Leone

Water, sanitation and hygiene: the basics of infection control in Sierra Leone

NGELEHUN, Sierra Leone – Nurse-in-charge Elizabeth Kadie Momoh at the Ngelehun Community Health Post has just finished checking a pregnant woman in the facility’s labour room and heads to a sink to wash her hands. Clean water gushes out as she opens the tap. The availability of running water is taken for granted in health facilitiesContinue reading Water, sanitation and hygiene: the basics of infection control in Sierra Leone

UK aid and UNFPA support the construction and rehabilitation of eight emergency obstetric and neonatal care facilities in Sierra Leone

By Angelique Reid, Communications Specialist, UNFPA Sierra Leone   FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 28 July 2017 – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the UK aid (also known as UK Department for International Development – DfID) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, officially declared commencement of the construction and rehabilitation of eight Emergency,Continue reading UK aid and UNFPA support the construction and rehabilitation of eight emergency obstetric and neonatal care facilities in Sierra Leone

COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

On 07 May 2020 the UN launched the updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The COVID-19 Global HRP is a joint effort by members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), including UN, other international organizations and NGOs with a humanitarian mandate, to analyse and respond to the direct public health and indirect immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic, particularly on people in countries already facing other crises.Continue reading COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan