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Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey, DHS, 2013

The 2013 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey (SLDHS) is a household survey that collects information about people living in Sierra Leone and their health. It focuses on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, gender issues, HIV and malaria.

The data were collected between June and September 2013 from 13,006 households in Sierra Leone. The sample was designed to provide representative estimates of demographic and health indicators at the national level, as well as by urban/rural, regional and district locations.

Selected key findings include:

  • The total fertility rate (TFR) is 4.9 births per woman. This means that on average, women give birth to 4.9 children by the end of their reproductive life. TFR is higher in rural areas (5.7) than in urban areas (3.5).
  • Contraceptive use among married women has more than doubled since the last SLDHS from 8% in 2008 to 17% in 2013. Use of modern contraceptive methods is significantly more common than traditional methods at 16% and 1%, respectively.
  • The under-five mortality rate is 156 deaths per 1,000 live births; the infant mortality rate is 92 deaths per 1,000 live births; and the neonatal mortality rate is 39 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is estimated at 1,165 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. More than half of births (54%) take place in a health facility and 60% of births are delivered by a skilled provider.
  • The most commonly reported barrier to women accessing health care is the cost of treatment.

To read the full report for free, click here.

You can find visuals representing these results here.

A detailed summary explaining facts and figures can be found here.

You can also:

  • Read the key findings here.
  • View the wall chart here.
  • The MamaYe! Facts and Figures here.
Statistics Sierra Leone & ICF International. (2014). Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2013. Freetown: SSL & ICF International.
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