In Sierra Leone, only 12% of the country’s contraceptive users are under the age of 25 and there is still a high teenage pregnancy rate. More than a third of all pregnancies are of teenage girls, and these pregnancies result in 40% of the country’s maternal deaths.
Marie Stopes International has 13 clinical outreach teams that travel far and wide to remote, inaccessible and under-served communities to provide access to sexual and reproductive health services. Access to long term contraceptive options and family planning enables women to have a choice of when and whether to have children and enables them to plan for their futures.
Photographed in 2013 for Marie Stopes International with the Makeni, Kabala, and Port Loko outreach teams in Sierra Leone.