Sierra Leone

Maternal and Newborn Health Disparities: Sierra Leone

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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.