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19 Nov 2018 description

Child marriage in West and Central Africa is one of the biggest challenges in the region and has enormous adverse effects on education, health, including sexual and reproductive health, and on the overall development of adolescents and youth. This brochure provides recent data and analysis of child marriage in the region.

24 Oct 2018 description



19 Jul 2018 description

The H6 Partnership builds on the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributes to the collaboration required to support countries as they move forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It focuses on 75 high burden countries where more than 85 per cent of all maternal and child deaths occur, including the 49 lowest income countries.

08 Mar 2018 description

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 8 March 2018 – “The effects of women and girls living with obstetric fistula are much more than the physical pain. The condition often leaves them rejected by their husbands, stigmatized by their families, and left alienated by their communities,” said Aminata Jalloh, an obstetric fistula supervisor at Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown. The discrimination suffered often results in the women fleeing their homes to unknown destinations and ultimately jeopardizing their livelihoods.

06 Mar 2018 description

Over the last ten years, it has become evident that the demographic dividend framework offers a strategic basis for focusing and prioritizing investments in people in general and youth in particular, in order to achieve sustainable development. The demographic dividend framework is in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063 and its’ ‘First Ten-Year Implementation Plan’ which together lay a strong foundation for the vision of African leaders in all facets of the continent’s development.

19 Oct 2017 description

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 19 October 2017 – Imagine waking up one morning to hear that your entire family, including your children are dead. Spare a thought for Fatmata Turay and her husband who woke up to distressing news concerning the death of 19 of their family members who were washed away by the devastating floods and landslides which took place on the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

14 Sep 2017 description

Regent, SIERRA LEONE – “I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.

Ms. Kamara is eight months pregnant from the Motormeh Community in Regent. She and two of her daughters, ages 9 and 5, survived the disaster. But her three-year-old daughter and brother both died.

“When the rescue team pulled my brother out from the mud, they pulled out his unclothed corpse and some of his body parts,” Ms. Kamara said.

01 Sep 2017 description

Regent, SIERRA LEONE, 1 September 2017– “At around 5 o’clock in the morning I left my house to go to the bakery. When I returned I saw the disaster occurring. I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air. When the rescue team pulled my brother out from the mud, they pulled out his unclothed corpse and some of his body parts,” explained eight-months pregnant Martha Kamara.

20 Jul 2017 description

Harnessing the collective strengths of the UN system to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere

20 Jun 2017 description

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.

Disruptions in reproductive health care, and widespread fears about getting infected by health personnel, left thousands of women and girls without maternal health and family planning services.

27 Jan 2017 description
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An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map

17 Jan 2017 description
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Sommaire du rapport annuel

Message du Directeur Régional

Les politiciens, les dirigeants et les parties prenantes d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sont clairs. Nous devons faire passer les jeunes d’abord si nous vou- lons maîtriser le dividende démographique, établir la résilience et transformer notre région pour réaliser les objectifs de développement durable et l’Afrique que nous voulons.

17 Jan 2017 description
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Executive Summary

Message from the Regional Director

Politicians, leaders and stakeholders across West and Central Africa are clear. We must put young people first if we are to harness the demographic dividend, build resilience and transform our region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa We Want.

26 Aug 2016 description

A photobook on safe childbirth


25 Sep 2015 description


  • UNFPA, with partners, Marie Stopes International, International Medical Corps (IMC), and Medecin du Monde, supports Ministry of Health and Sanitation clinics at National and Attouga Stadium, providing essential health services for nearly 4,000 women and children, including 100 lactating mothers, 120 Pregnant Women, and nearly 20 teen mothers.

22 Sep 2015 description

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2015 — Within 24 hours after heavy torrential monsoon rain caused unprecedented devastation in Sierra Leone, especially in the capital city on 16 September 2015, destroying property, injuring many and reportedly claiming seven lives, an estimated 4000 people have been displaced by the incident, and among them a number of pregnant women, lactating mothers and girls of reproductive age, in need of urgent care and protection.

28 Jul 2015 description

Malabo, 20 July 2015. In an effort to provide a sub-regional scope to address cross border issues, the Mano River Union (MRU) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the margins of the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola.

The MoU provides the framework for the identification and implementation of activities to be undertaken in or by the four member states, namely Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

21 May 2015 description

The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola, in West Africa is the longest and largest Ebola outbreak to date. In addition to the direct impact of deaths and infection from Ebola, the outbreak is exacerbating already weak health systems and threatening to reverse progress made in recent years improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, adolescent, and child health (RMNCAH) in Sierra Leone.