Women holding baby

No Woman Should Die Giving Birth.

Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. With your support, we can help ensure that every pregnant woman can look forward to childbirth as a moment to celebrate, not one to fear.

Sierra Leone at a Glance

Data provided by UNICEF, Sept 2019Global AverageUnitedStatesSierraLeone211191120

Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births

Data provided by World Health Organization, 2011UnitedStatesSierraLeone25.95 medicaldoctors0.25medical doctors9.96nurses/midwives85.50nurses/midwives

# of medical doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 people

Data provided by UNICEF, 2015

1 in 20 women in Sierra Leone has a lifetime risk of death related to pregnancy or childbirth

Together, we can cure this injustice.


With the Ministry of Health, PIH began improving the maternal care available at Koidu Government Hospital. The facility now has:

  • 24-hour electricity to support C-sections
  • a blood bank to respond to post-partum hemorrhages
  • a fully stocked pharmacy in labor and delivery
  • trainings for clinicians to improve their skills and provide better care to patients

With the support of John and Hank Green and their incredible community, PIH continues to expand this transformative work.

The Maternal Center of Excellence

A bold solution to radically reduce maternal mortality in Sierra Leone


The new center, which broke ground in April 2021, will provide advanced maternal and child health services in Kono District and beyond. It will serve as a hub for global innovation in maternal health to be replicated in Sierra Leone and around the world. 


Patients await maternal health appointments outside PIH-supported Wellbody Clinic. (Photo by Emma Minor / Partners In Health)