CHAI began working in Sierra Leone in 2015, supporting the government to rebuild its health systems following the devastating Ebola outbreak the year before. We helped the country better understand its health workforce to save costs and train and retain qualified health workers, improve the supply chain for health products, and develop its post-Ebola recovery plan and National Health Sector Strategic Plan.
Today, we are helping to improve access to lifesaving contraception and increasing health worker skills to save women’s lives and reduce unintended pregnancies. Sierra Leone has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, with nearly half of all adolescent deaths attributed to complications of childbirth. CHAI is implementing its integrated approach to maternal and newborn health to ensure that complications from childbirth are addressed before they become life-threatening and refer cases to higher level treatment centers when necessary.