Education and Health

Investments in poor children can save more lives per dollar spent – says UNICEF

June 29, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2017 “Unless the world makes faster progress on reducing child mortality, by 2030 almost 70 million children will die before reaching their fifth birthday.” (Photo: Child poverty in Sierra Leone). That was the sobering conclusion of a report published yesterday in New York by UNICEF. [Read More]

Education and Health

At least Two Hundred and Forty pregnant women die unnecessarily in Sierra Leone every month

June 3, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 June 2017 A new report on the unacceptably high number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth in Sierra Leone was launched this week in Freetown.  Sierra Leone continues to have one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates in the world. According to government data, there are an [Read More]

Education and Health

Blood transfusions gone bad – the new healthcare concern in Sierra Leone?

May 29, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 9

Mohamed Cozie Kosia Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 May 2017 Recent spike in deaths at Choithram Memorial Hospital due to negative blood transfusion reactions is a major concern. During discussions with friends about the passing of relatives, I kept hearing stories about other people who had negative reactions to blood transfusion [Read More]

Education and Health

Bondo leaders vow to uphold government policy on protecting girls

May 24, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Salaam Deen Bundu Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 May 2017 Hundreds of female leaders (Soweys) of the sacred and highly respected secret, all-female Bondo Society, converged in Waterloo last Friday, 19th May 2017, to perform traditional rites for the unveiling of newly initiated Sowey leaders. The mammoth gathering of ‘Soweys’ from [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leone’s director of gender speaks about the protection of girls from circumcision

May 21, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sultan Kargbo Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 May 2017 The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has completely dissociated government from the story – “Religious Leaders schooled on FGM strategy”, published in the New Citizen newspaper on Thursday 18th May 2017. Speaking to journalists in Freetown on Friday, 19th [Read More]

Education and Health

Speed and coordination are key to curbing the DRC’s Ebola outbreak

May 17, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 May 2017 Three years ago the Ebola virus killed 10,000 people in West Africa. The latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has so far claimed three lives. Jacqueline Weyer explains why swift and co-ordinated action is vital if the events of 2014 are to [Read More]

Education and Health

There will be justice for child raped in Pujehun who has died yesterday – says minister Blyden

May 10, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2017 The death yesterday of a 14 year old girl – named as Mamie Karim, who was allegedly raped by a gang of men in Pujehun, Sierra Leone, has not only brought huge outcry, but has sparked massive demand for the men who are in [Read More]

Education and Health

Heavy Storm devastates communities in the east of Freetown

May 4, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 May 2017 Hundreds of people have been left homeless as the start of the six months long rainy season makes its presence felt in the east of the capital Freetown. Stormy rainfall brought massive destruction of property and loss of life across many communities early this [Read More]

Education and Health

Ebola virus response – experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

April 24, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 April 2017 The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa two years ago had a devastating effect on many countries. In Sierra Leone it led to the collapse of its entire health system. Eric Osoro, writing for explains how, with health facilities closed, communities were pushed [Read More]