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Sierra Leone: One of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth

In Sierra Leone there is a severe shortage of life-saving equipment and skilled staff. Mothers and babies are dying. 

The maternal death rate in Sierra Leone is 100 times higher than in the UK.

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Fatu was lucky. She was able to reach her local clinic where Andrew, a VSO trained Community Health Officer, helped deliver her baby. 

"Seeing my child now, and holding her, makes me really happy. I pray that we have a long life and good health.” Says Fatu.

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  • Sierra Leone is the most dangerous country to give birth: WHO (2015)
  • Women in Sierra Leone are 100 times more likely to die during childbirth than those in the UK: World Bank (combined sources, 2015)
  • In Sierra Leone One in 23 women die in pregnancy and childbirth: Unicef