Maternal and Newborn Health Disparities: Sierra Leone
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.