Sierra Leone is strengthening its supply chain for family planning commodities with the help of UNFPA’s GPRHCS. The 2013 Reproductive Health Commodity Security survey found that more than half of the service delivery points in the country experienced no stock-outs of contraceptives during the last six months of 2013—the first time that has happened. That same survey also found that the percentage of service delivery points offering at least three modern methods of contraception has jumped from 80.5% in 2011 to 96.5% in 2013. Supply chain monitoring and tracking is provided by the civil society organization, Health For All Coalition, with the support of UNFPA.
UNFPA’s implementing partner, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, continues to provide integrated sexual and reproductive health outreach services in hard-to-reach areas. In 2013 Marie Stopes delivered these services by boat to 30,000 inhabitants in the Bonthe Islands, one of the most isolated areas of the country. UNFPA also partnered with the government of Sierra Leone, Marie Stopes and the Health For All Coalition to distribute free family planning products in all 11 chiefdoms of the Bonthe district, including the municipality.
The development of a five-year teenage pregnancy prevention strategy—coordinated by UNFPA under the leadership of the Office of the President of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with other United Nations agencies, government officials and NGOs—has been pivotal in reaching out to young people. UNFPA has also partnered with Population Media Center to air 208 episodes of an entertaining and educational radio drama about sexual and reproductive health issues, including family planning.