Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2013

Check out the site below for statistics on demography and health in Sierra Leone 2013 and comparison in some topics with 2008.

The 2013 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) was conducted to assess progress, measure performance, and map the way forward.  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,
  • HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Generally, the results presented in this report indicate improvement in some of the indicators (delivery by skilled birth attendants, child vaccination, and the use of bed nets to exclude mosquitos among women and children). However, accelerated progress is needed in other indicators (children under age 5 who are stunted, infant mortality, under-five mortality, and maternal mortality) to improve outcomes.

The population of Sierra Leone is now 5.0 millions

A heartening statistic is that the proportion of children underweight has decreased from 21 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2013.  Almost all children (97 percent) are breastfed at some point. Exclusive breastfeeding is uncommon, however; only 32 percent of children under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration for exclusive breastfeeding among Sierra Leone children is 0.6 months, unchanged since 2008. •


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