Impact story

Reducing teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

Young people outside the Kagboray Maternal and Child Health Post, recently renovated through the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project in Sierra Leone
© 2016 Caitlin Loehr, Courtesy of Photoshare

Research directly involving teenagers and their families in Sierra Leone to reduce teenage pregnancy has helped pave the way for a new community-friendly Child and Family Welfare Policy. Thanks to the project, condom use increased, teenage girls reported feeling more confident to say ‘no’ and boys showed more willingness to act responsibly. The findings directly influenced the Sierra Leone government’s development of a new policy on child protection.

Focus projects: 

Girls in a school yard in Sierra Leone
This research will test the effectiveness of community-designed interventions for linking community child protection mechanisms with government-led health and social welfare aspects of the national child protection system in Sierra Leone.