Sierra Leone consistently ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world, scoring extremely low on health and life expectancy indicators and only slightly better on economics and education. The civil war from 1991 to 2002 damaged the country’s efforts to overcome rural poverty, destroyed public infrastructure, and exacerbated problems of food insecurity. Urban residents are particularly affected by inflation, which hinders their ability to purchase food. The current president is focusing on improving health indicators and encouraging multinational businesses to alleviate poverty and raise the level of development.

One of the Impoverished Countries in the World

Sierra Leone is classified as a “low human development” country, with citizens experiencing low life expectancy, high disease risk, and high infant and maternal mortality. The average life expectancy ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles