Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium releases report to inform reduction of teen pregnancy in Sierra Leone

With one of the world’s highest teenage pregnancy rates and the Ebola-imposed constraints on the education and health sectors and the economy as a whole, the Government of Sierra Leone and its donors are seeking to use evidence to revise and renew the National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy.

Feinstein Researcher Rachel Gordon joined Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Research Fellow Lisa Denney and Dr. Aisha Ibrahim of the University of Sierra Leone on Irish Aid-funded research to help the government address the issue effectively, as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). The research team recently published their preliminary findings, which will hep inform the national strategy, in a new report: “Teenage Pregnancy after Ebola in Sierra Leone: Mapping responses, gaps and ongoing challenges.” The team will return to Sierra Leone in January 2016 for further research.

The publication, related research, and more information about SLRC Sierra Leone program can be found here.