Sierra Leone has the highest maternal death rate in the world. We’re working with the Ministry of Health to ensure they have the right evidence to address this – and make the changes needed to save women’s lives.
The FIT scorecard is an important part of the evidence used to help guide the Presidential Recovery Plans on health.
Dr Santigie Sesay,
Director of Reproductive and Child Health, Ministry of Health and Sanitation

What's happening in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, making it one of the most dangerous places to give birth.

To increase their chances of survival, all pregnant women and adolescents in Sierra Leone – including the poorest and hardest to reach – must have access to the care they need. This includes skilled birth attendants and safe clinics equipped to cope with emergencies during pregnancy and childbirth.

Recent crises such as Ebola revealed the challenges in maintaining even the most basic health services. More than ever, strengthening the accountability for these services is critical to improving the chances of survival for Sierra Leone’s mothers and newborns.

What MamaYe is doing

We’re helping health authorities to identify resource gaps in maternal and newborn care. We do this through Facility Improvement Team (FIT) assessments. The findings, summarised in scorecards using traffic light colours, serve to highlight priorities for decision makers and health planners. 

Women in Sierra Leone
27%
have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
Maternal Mortality
1360
per 100,000 live births
Government spending on health
17%
as a % of total health expenditure