The majority of Sierra Leone’s population live in abject poverty, despite the fact that the country is rich in natural resources. An article published on the ‘The Guardian’ in 2017 revealed that the country has one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world with 1,360 mothers dying per 100,000 live births. The major causes of illness within the country are preventable with modern technology and medical advances. Most deaths within the country are attributed to maternal and infant mortality, nutritional deficiencies, lack of access to clean water, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, anemia, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
BRAC started its healthcare programme in Sierra Leone to address the above challenges and improve the general health status of poor women and their families by providing access to affordable primary healthcare services. We focus on providing information on health, nutrition, family planning, immunisation, safe water and sanitation, hygiene, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy-related care, prevention of and care for acute respiratory infections and pneumonia, and basic curative care.