Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world with most of the population multidimensionally poor and living on less than 2 US Dollars per day. The triple tragedy of the Sierra Leone civil war, the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in 2015, and the Sierra Leone Mudslides in 2017 aggravated a country already suffering from high vulnerability and sustainability challenges. Sierra Leone remains a country with overstretched and inadequate health services and with basic gaps in the provision of public health. Life expectancy is low and rates of stunted growth for children is high.
Most households still do not have access to clean water and the dependency ratio is one of the highest in the world. Massive rural urban migration during the Sierra Leone civil war and the high unemployment rate constitute an ongoing challenge to livelihoods and many Sierra Leonians struggle to access food, water and health services. Additionally, Sierra Leone remains susceptible to mudslides within the wider Freetown area, and with some of the highest precipitation figures recorded in the world, to flooding and flood induced disasters.
The SLRCS played a crucial role in the massive government and multiagency response to both the Ebola outbreak and the Sierra Leone Mudslides disaster. The impact of the Sierra Leone Red Cross,IFRC and RC/RC Movement partners was significant reaching over 400,000 people during Ebola with Health,Wash and Livelihood interventions and over 15,000 people during the Mudslide Operation with DRR,Shelter,Wash, Health and Livelihood initiatives. The Country Operational Plan (COP) 2019 builds on these initiatives and the networks created therein. The Sierra Leone Red Cross maintains a permanent co-operation framework with the Office of National Security.
In 2019 Key aspects of the Transformation Plan will include(a) Strengthening the Governance and Management of the Society (b) Strengthening Financial Development and HR Systems of the society (c) Completing Revision of the Constitution and updating various policies of the Society (d) Conducting an Organisational Capacity Assessment and Certification Process for the Society,OCAC (e) Strengthening Resource Mobilisation and Rebranding of the National Society. Implementation of the Transformation Plan will thus strongly be aligned to PAC Abidjan Commitment No 1 to strengthen capacities in Leadership as it will seek to build governance, management, accountability and sustainability. The plan will be aligned with the commitments expressed in the Africa Roadmap 2017-2020 to seek to create effective, accountable and resilient National Societies. Programmatic activities will align to SDG's 1, On Poverty, SDG 2, On Hunger,
SDG 3, on Better Health, SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation,SDG 11, On Sustainable Communities, SDG 13 on Climate Action and SDG 17 on Stronger Partnership.