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CDC began working in Sierra Leone in 2008 through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). CDC supports laboratory and surveillance capacity building activities for HIV and other infectious diseases. CDC also supports training to build basic disease detection and response capacity in the workforce.

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CDC office (physical presence)
3 U.S. staff
9 Local CDC staff

Sierra Leone at a Glance

Population: 6,242,140
Per capita income: $1,360
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 45/45 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 128/1000 live births

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare, 2010
  1. Malaria 17%
  2. Lower Respiratory Infections 9%
  3. Protein-energy Malnutrition 9%
  4. Pre-term Birth Complications 5%
  5. Diarrheal Disease 5%
  6. HIV 4%
  7. Cancer 4%
  8. Stroke 4%
  9. Tuberculosis 4%
  10. Ischemic Heart Disease 2%

CDC Responds to Ebola

In the past year CDC has deployed hundreds of staff to Sierra Leone to respond to the outbreak of Ebola. During this outbreak, Sierra Leone has experienced the highest number of confirmed or suspected cases in West Africa...

Impact in Sierra Leone

Global Health Security Agenda

CDC is working with Sierra Leone to improve their ability to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats. This work helps meet the U.S. commitment to assist at least 31 countries in reaching the targets outlined in the Global Health Security Agenda. CDC’s extensive global health presence and experience are critical to achieving these targets.

CDC Ebola Updates

Ebola outbreak

Latest Outbreak Info

The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Worldwide, the World Health Organization has reported 28,637 cases of Ebola and 11,315 deaths. CDC and partners are working together to stop the epidemic…read more

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  • Page last updated: September 8, 2015
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