Maternal and Newborn Health Disparities: Sierra Leone

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 22 Nov 2016 View Original

In 2015, 230,000 babies were born in Sierra Leone, or around 630 every day.

Among young women (aged 20-24), 36 percent gave birth by age 18.

Approximately 21 babies will die each day before reaching their first month3; 15 stillbirths occur every day.

Neonatal mortality rate:

Sierra Leone’s neonatal mortality rate (NMR)^ is 35 deaths per 1,000 live births.

NMR≠ in rural areas is 41 deaths per 1,000 live births and 48 deaths per 1,000 live births in urban areas for an urban-to-rural ratio of 1.2.

NMR≠ among the poorest households is 42 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 52 deaths per 1,000 live births among the richest households.