Sierra Leone

CARE's work in Sierra Leone

CARE began working in Sierra Leone in 1961 to improve children's nutrition through school food programmes. We also facilitated relief and emergency interventions throughout the decade-long civil war (1991-2002), and community peacebuilding and rehabilitation after the conflict ended. Our vision is to effect long-term change by addressing the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice and helping communities find long-term sustainable solutions. As well as addressing health, food security and economic development, we incorporate advocacy, governance, capacity building, gender equity and diversity into our programmes.

Improving healthcare

CARE's work to improve healthcare in Sierra Leone includes carrying out widespread immunisation, improving nutrition, and providing malaria treatment. We work in maternal and child health, improving the healthcare available to newborn babies and pregnant mothers. Our community health clubs are training local health practitioners to raise community awareness about health issues. We drew on our expertise and strong relationships at local level to work closely with the government and other partners to help prevent the spread of Ebola in 2014 by mobilising and equipping communities to know how to prevent transmission of the virus.

Tackling sexual violence

In Sierra Leone, CARE supports a youth-led network to end female genital mutilation, and is a partner with several organisations that combat gender-based violence. A major focus of CARE’s work is on improving sexual and reproductive health for women by supporting the national health system through providing medical supplies and modern contraceptive methods, as well as providing training to health service providers in order to promote quality services.

CARE also works with communities to change harmful social norms that prevent women and girls from accessing their sexual and reproductive health rights. CARE’s sexual and reproductive health programme is present in about 30 per cent of the communities in Sierra Leone, prioritising implementation in districts with a high HIV prevalence and high rates of teenage pregnancy.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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