Government Committment

The Government of Sierra Leone is convinced that prosperity and well-being for Sierra Leoneans will be highly dependent on access to reasonable healthcare, high quality education and equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, religion and tribe, with special attention to the needs of the most vulnerable. Through the Agenda for Change, the Government with the support of development partners has made tremendous progress in the health, education and social service delivery in the country.

In spite of this progress,it is recognized that adolescentgirls remain the most vulnerable segment of the population. Teenage pregnancy, in particular, is considered by the Government as one of the most pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress of young women and girls in Sierra Leone.Efforts to prevent teenage pregnancy as well as to reduce its impact on the society have been highlighted as a national priority by H.E. the President.

Teenage pregnancy, in particular, is considered by the Government as one of the most pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic and political progress of young women and girls in Sierra Leone

The National Strategy has been identified as a Flagship Project in the Agenda for Prosperity. It will therefore receive particular attention by all concerned Ministries and specific efforts will be made to ensure its successful implementation. Its impact and results will also be particularly monitored. The two Ministers that are coordinating the National Strategy and who have been designated as Co-Chair of the Multisectoral Coordinating Committee have specifically reflected the National Strategy in their Performance Tracking Table. These Ministers will therefore be evaluated on their support and involvement in efforts to reducing Teenage Pregnancy in the Country.

Finally, H.E. the President, who personally initiated the process that led to the National Strategy, is committed to remain involved in the implementation of Strategy’s activities. While the details of coordination have been delegated to institutions in the Government, H.E. the President retains the general authority on the National Strategy. Bi-annual briefings will be organized to inform him of the progress made and to allow him to provide policy guidance and direction.