Education and Health

Measles outbreak in Koinadugu Sierra Leone needs concerted response

Dr. Fawzia Thomas: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18th June 2018: It is quite worrying that an outbreak of measles virus was confirmed in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone four days ago. The press release from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation says that in June 2018, there were 19 confirmed cases [Read More]

Education and Health

Political expediency cannot replace prudent planning and careful execution – says Yumkella

Anthony Abdul Karim Kamara, Jnr: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 June 2018: President Julius Maada Bio pledged on 10 May 2018, in his inaugural address to the House of Parliament that “effective next academic year starting September 2018, my Government will introduce Free Education from primary level to senior secondary school [Read More]

Education and Health

Ebola virus response: experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

Eric Osoro: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: It’s 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead. While the outbreak might be over, its effects will persist for many years. In the small nation with a population of just 7 million many lost relatives [Read More]

Education and Health

Africa’s business schools need to be locally relevant and globally wise

Kutlwano Ramaboa: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: If 99.6% of businesses in a country like Nigeria employ fewer than 10 workers, does it make sense to teach Nigerian business students how to manage Fortune 500 companies in the US using Harvard Business School case studies? This question, raised by the African Management [Read More]

Education and Health

Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s musical genius enthrals royal wedding

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 May 2018: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a musical genius born of a Sierra Leonean mother and a Caribbean father, has done it again. In 2016, aged seventeen, he was crowned Britain’s Best Young Musician of the Year by the BBC.  Sheku, now 19 years old, plays the cello [Read More]

Education and Health

International Women’s Day – personal journey sheds light on why so few black women in science

Ndoni Mcunu: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 march 2018: Nine years into my research and academic career, one of the most common questions I hear from family and friends is, “uzoqedanini ukufunda?” (“Will she ever finish studying?”) They’re not the only ones who struggle to understand what it is that I [Read More]

Education and Health

Next steps to getting Africa’s protocol on women’s rights implemented

Ashwanee Budoo: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 March 2018: The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent’s commitment to gender equality. Other [Read More]

Education and Health

Happy International Women’s Day – Proper child care helps poor working women and boost economies

Rachel Moussié: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 March 2018: On March 8 each year trade unions and women’s rights organisations mark International Women’s Day by calling for policies and legislation that better support working women. Such calls relate to wage equality, maternity leave and early child care programmes. But these demands [Read More]

Education and Health

Merck launches Foundation in The Gambia  

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 February 2018 Merck Foundation – a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced that it is establishing a partnership with the First Lady of The Gambia Foundation – Fatoumatta Bah Barrow (FaBB) foundation. The partnership aims to achieve Merck foundation’s objectives of [Read More]