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Sierra Leone
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No up-to-date statistical data is available for the number of disabled people in Sierra Leone although the World Health Organisation estimates it to be approximately 490,000 (10% of the population). In reality the actual figure is likely to be higher due to the impact of war.
Sierra Leone is ranked 176th out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. Only Niger has a lower ranking.
In 2004 life expectancy in Sierra Leone was only 41 years.
Between 2001 and 2003, 50% of the population of Sierra Leone were undernourished according to the United Nations.
Cheshire Services in Sierra Leone
There are three Cheshire Services in Sierra Leone providing a range of services for disabled children and adults. These include residential and rehabilitation services, vocational training, access to inclusive education, and the provision of revolving loan schemes to self help groups of disabled people and mothers of disabled children.
The services also work in partnership with the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), the Ministry of Education, the Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone, Handicap International and Mercy Ships. Since 2000, the national Cheshire council has been engaged in a programme facilitating comprehensive community development for disabled children and their families in Kabala.
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