The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone had the worst death toll since the disease was diagnosed in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also had far-reaching socio-economic consequences. It was unprecedented in terms of its duration, number of infections, fatality, geographical spread, and social and humanitarian damage, accompanied by severe economic consequences. It remarkably reduced the impressive gains made in economic growth over the years. It is against this background that when conducting the 2015 Population and Housing Census (PHC), the socio-economic impacts of EVD were strongly considered as one of the thematic areas to be included, to advocate for policy recommendations. This report provides an analysis of the socioeconomic impacts of EVD from the PHC as well as from studies conducted during the post-EVD period in Sierra Leone.
Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) coordinates, collects, compiles, analyses and disseminates high quality and objective official statistics that will be used to assist informed decision making, and discussion within government, business and the media, as well as the wider national and international community. Consequently, Stats SL provides well-tested statistical datasets for training and work with the media to reach a wider audience including schools.