Mrs Lucy November – improving teen maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

Mrs Lucy November at King’s College London was awarded £19,791 for her project: Exploring the contributing factors to high maternal mortality in adolescents in Eastern Freetown: a qualitative study

Teen Pregnancy in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, women have a 1 in 17 chance of dying of childbirth in their lifetimes. In the UK this figure is 1 in 5800.

More than 10% of teenagers under 16 become pregnant in Sierra Leone, with severe risks to their lives and those of their babies.

“In a recent survey of maternal mortality in Eastern Freetown, 1 in 7 of pregnant teenagers under seventeen died as a result of their pregnancies,” November said.

The project to end maternal mortality

November is partnering with a local grass-roots organisation, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects, to understand why teenage girls are at such high risk of maternal mortality, and they hope to propose interventions to address this issue.

This research will discover insights into this problem “by using real people’s stories as a window into the lived experiences of teenagers giving birth in Freetown.”

November hopes this research will lay the groundwork for another grant project that will fund new intervention projects with local partners.