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Sierra Leone: Poverty trends reduced more than 10%

The result of the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys conducted by Statistic Sierra Leone has indicated that poverty trends in the country have reduced from 6.4% to 52.9%.
This revelation was made on Wednesday, 26th July 2013 at a presentation of the Second Phase of the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Freetown.
According to the National Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Integrated Household Surveys (SLIHS), Gina Jusu Gobeh, the survey focused on the period 2003 to 2011 and the sampling frame was based on the 2004 Population Census in Sierra Leone.
Gobeh added that ten households were selected within the clusters in the country, and the enumerators closely followed the activities and expenditures of all persons living within the selected households.
In his account, the Statistician General, Mohamed King Koroma stated that the survey is “a multiple type”, and provides a lot of ingredients that can be utilized by the country and other external researchers.
King Koroma acknowledged that the survey “was challenging” as it took two years, but emphasized that the institution employed its professional expertise to accomplish the project.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Kaifala Marrah commended Statistics Sierra Leone for providing the country with relevant data as it has over the years assisted the government in its activities of social protection.
Minister Marrah stated that it is good for the country to celebrate because of the improvement in her economic development.
He called for “a national support for the transformation of Statistics Sierra Leone”, stressing that the institution has over the years showcased its expertise in the collection, and analyzing of data.
The Minister however acknowledged the presence of poverty in the country as there are hundreds of people who are still dying of preventable diseases while out-of-school children are wandering the streets.
By Keifa M. Jaward

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