Why Our Work Matters
♥ Sierra Leone ranks 179 out of 188 on the UNDP Human Development Index and a life expectancy at birth of 51.3 years
♥ Sierra Leone has an infant mortality rate of 87.1/1,000 live births
♥ Sierra Leone has an under-5 mortality rate of 120.4/1,000 – one of the highest rates in the world
♥ 52.3% of the population lives on below $2 a day
♥ Sierra Leone has a high maternal morality rate of 1,100 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births
♥ Sierra Leone had over 14,000 confirmed cases of Ebola and nearly 5,000 died from the virus
♥ Sierra Leone has very few physicians with a density of only 0.02 per 1,000 patients
Did you know?
The capital of Sierra Leone is Freetown.
Sierra Leone has a population of over 6 million and is slightly larger in size than West Virginia.
The currency is called the Leone.
Sierra Leone is home to the pygmy hippopotamus and the dwarf crocodile.
Named by a Portuguese explorer — Sierra Leone means “Lion Mountain”