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We want our adolescents, especially girls, to survive, thrive and transform
The Next Generation
Let us continue to invest in our next generation by creating an enabling environment that upholds the health and well-being of every adolescent and young person of Sierra Leone.
Together We can
It is our individual and collective responsibility to reduce adolescent pregnancy and child marriage

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The high rate of adolescent pregnancy and child marriage in Sierra Leone is preventing girls and young women from realising their full potential in all aspects of their development. Despite the government’s efforts to tackle these issues, particularly through the establishment in 2013 of a National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and the development of the National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy, significant progress still needs to be made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Story


Sierra Leone has the 19th highest rate of child marriage in the world, with 12.5 per cent of women aged between 20–24 years marrying before the age of 15 years, and 38.9 per cent of women in the same age bracket marrying before the age of 18 years. Considering that 24 per cent of Sierra Leone’s 7 million population are adolescents, of which roughly half are girls, this amounts to approximately 330,000 affected girls.


Child marriage is typically higher in rural areas because of greater adherence to traditional norms, a narrower range of life options, stronger community networks, lower educational opportunities, and higher levels of poverty.


Sierra Leone is ranked 181 in the 2018 Gender Inequality Index (A composite measure reflecting inequality in achievement between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market)

CAUSES OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY?

  • Lack of information about sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Inadequate access to services tailored to young people
  • Family, community and social pressure to marry
  • Sexual violence
  • Child, early and forced marriage, which can be both a cause and a consequence
  • Lack of education or dropping out of school

   
     

ACTIONS TAKEN

Policy and Legal Environment100%
Adolescent and Young People Friendly Services100%
Enabling School Environments100%
Communication and advocacy100%
Community ownership100%
Coordination, monitoring, and evaluation100%

Do you care about our teenage girls? Get involved!

The overall goal of the strategy is to reduce the adolescent fertility rate to 74 per 1,000*, and the percentage of women aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before the age of 18 to 25 per cent* by 2022.

News & upcoming Events

StRAP from UNFPA

nsrtp Team November 15, 2019

StRAP from UNFPA 

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GATES project from UNFPA

nsrtp Team November 15, 2019

GATES project from UNFPA, 

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Strategic Plan Launch

nsrtp Team November 3, 2019

Hands off our girls strategic plan launch Venue: Time:

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Addressing Teenage Pregnancy in Sierra Leone

nsrtp Team November 1, 2019

In the past two years we empowered young people and their care-givers to make informed choices when it comes to their sexual and reproductive…

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Teenage pregnancy after Ebola

nsrtp Team November 1, 2019

Teenage pregnancy has long been a problem in Sierra Leone. In 2013 the country’s rate ranked among the ten highest in the world, with…

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Training for teenagers

nsrtp Team November 1, 2019

Training!Training!Training!Training! Training!Training!Training! Training!Training!Training! Training!Training!Training! Training!Training!

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Tackling teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

nsrtp Team November 1, 2019

Sierra Leone has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in West Africa. With the support of our Girl Power Project, young people are now…

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What are the causes of teenage pregnancy?

nsrtp Team October 31, 2019

Lack of information about sexual and reproductive health and rights Inadequate access to services tailored to young people Family, community and social pressure to…

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