News in Perspective

Building stronger border management capacity in Ebola-impacted region

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2015 The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is planning to step up its support for building cross-border public health capacity and safe migration systems in West Africa to contain Ebola and other infectious diseases. The prevention of cross-border transmission has been identified as crucial in [Read More]

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World is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2015 World Bank Group President – Jim Yong Kim, this week laid out a vision in which insurance companies, governments, multi-lateral organizations, corporations and international donors, should work together to build a system that would help all countries prepare for potentially catastrophic health disasters. Kim [Read More]

Editorial

Maada Bio tells president Koroma – ‘stop appointment of all District Census Officers’

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 January 2015 Once in every ten years, the government of Sierra Leone is required to carry out a head count of the entire population. And in three months time – April 2015, every village, town and city in the country, will have its population counted and [Read More]

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Performance based financing in post Ebola Sierra Leone

Sheriff Mahmud Ismail   Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 January 2015 In April 2010, the government of Sierra Leone introduced the free healthcare initiative, abolishing user fees for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children less than five years of age in public health facilities. It also banned Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) [Read More]

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President Koroma was wrong to relax Ebola restrictions amid fear of Ebola resurgence

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2015 The latest figures released by the ministry of health in Sierra Leone suggests that daily average recorded number of new cases has dropped from about 60 in late December to about 10 in the last two weeks. This is a remarkable drop of more [Read More]

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Presidential rewards for Ebola cover up in Koinadugu – Chief Justice sacked

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 January 2015 When the annals of the Koroma presidency are written after the 2017 elections, what will be remembered most, is the president’s lack of leadership skills and inability to make good and timely decisions. Yet, few will question his loyalty to his foot soldiers and [Read More]

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Can value for money procurement stimulate Sierra Leone’s post Ebola recovery?

Sheriff Mahmud Ismail Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2015 Successive reports of the Auditor- General (AG) – (photo), have consistently identified non-compliance of procurement procedures as a serious challenge in the country’s public financial management system. In the executive summary of the 2011 report, the AG stated that; “We encountered [Read More]

Education and Health

Ebola may be retreating – but food shortage and hunger beckon

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 January 2015 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that Ebola may be retreating, but hundreds of thousands of people are now facing hunger in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to a report published [Read More]

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Ebola – economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remain crippled

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 January 2015 A new World Bank report says that the Ebola epidemic will continue to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, even as transmission rates in the three countries show significant signs of slowing. The report estimates that these three countries will lose [Read More]