Sierra Leone is a country of 6.25 million people and lies 8 degrees latitude. It is one of the hottest and wettest countries in Africa. It is mostly a Muslim country (60%) and Christians (mostly Catholics) make up about 30% of the population. It is, by reputation, one of the most religiously tolerant countries on the continent. Animalistic beliefs and fetishism also have a strong presence and infiltrate the otherwise major religions. All religions freely intermarry and share one another’s religious holidays.
The government is a constitutional democratic republic with a president as head of state. He presides for a term of 5 years with a two term limit.
Sierra Leone has one medical school which, post revolution, graduates between 15 and 20 doctors a year, over half of whom leave the country to seek training/opportunity. There are fewer than 25 surgeons in the entire country, and the aforementioned subspecialties are not present in the country; Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Anesthesiology, Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Surgery.
Many villages resort to “witch doctors” as a result of a lack of access to medical treatment.