Sierra Leone is committed to improving its health care system to provide affordable, quality health care. The priorities of the government include combating malaria, improving maternal and child health, reducing teenage pregnancy, scaling up nutrition programs, and improving sanitation and hygiene. To assess progress, measure performance, and map the way forward, the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) was conducted. This was the second DHS in Sierra Leone, and its primary objective was to assess indicators on fertility levels and preferences, marriage and sexual activity, family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of women, men, and young children, childhood and maternal mortality, maternal and child health, malaria and use of mosquito nets, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Source of Information
Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) and ICF International, 2014. Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2013. Freetown, Sierra Leone and Rockville, Maryland, USA: SSL and ICF International.