Vulnerable communities are experiencing life-threatening hunger as the country faces high rates of poverty.
Sierra Leone is among the poorest nations in the world, with 56% of the population living below the poverty line.
The population faces a range of challenges, ranging from poor sanitation services to rampant hunger and high infant mortality rates. Lack of access to basic services is also a problem, with less than 40% of the population having access to clean water.
The government has responded by developing a strategy that prioritises four areas:
- improving access to electricity
- developing a national transport system
- increasing productivity in agriculture
- taking on the nation’s social and humanitarian challenges
Despite this, Sierra Leone remains highly vulnerable with Ebola having further weakened the country.