Population: 5.6 million;
Languages: English, Krio (English-based Creole), Mende and Temne; Population without sanitation: 87%;
Adult illiteracy: 56.7%;
Number of women who die during live childbirth: 890 per 100,000 births
Plan has been working in Sierra Leone since 1976, helping poor children to access their rights to education, health, livelihood and protection.
Our programmes benefit 700,000 children in 1,126 communities across the country.
Currently, we are focusing our efforts on tackling malaria. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and 70% of these deaths are caused by the disease. We are implementing a malaria prevention and control project with the help of an investment by the European Commission and Plan Germany of more than 1,000,000 euros over a 5 year period.