Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.
Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries through their activities in agriculture and rural enterprises which contribute to local and global economies. But they are disadvantaged in accessing emergency obstetric and neonatal care, because of geography, local support, autonomy, culture, finance, and ergonomics. This contributes to higher maternal mortality rates.
The award-winning Fambula Initiative Network for Equality (FINE) is doing innovative work in Sierra Leone. They are working with men to turn around cultural norms that negatively impact women’s empowerment, including expanding their access to family planning and reproductive health services.