Education and Health

Ebola virus response – experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

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 theconversation.com explains how, with health facilities closed, communities were pushed [Read More]

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Trial to evaluate three Ebola vaccination strategies launched in West Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 April 2017    A large clinical trial of candidate Ebola vaccines has been launched in West Africa by the PREVAC international research consortium, which includes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The study aims to identify vaccination strategies with the most promise to protect [Read More]

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Tips for safe driving in Sierra Leone during the festive season

Victor Mengot Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 December 2016 If you look at the pages of the newspapers in most African countries today, one will notice the high rate of road accidents, especially during the festive seasons. The main cause is that there is an increase in pedestrian movement, vehicle traffic, [Read More]

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African governments can improve health outcomes and quality of life

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 November 2016 The people of Africa may invariably be better off today economically and socially than they were sixty years ago – with an increase in average income per person and higher rate of literacy. But health outcomes continue to significantly lag behind their Asian and [Read More]

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Sierra Leone commemorating the first anniversary marking the end of Ebola 

Dennis Kabatto Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 November 2016 The government and people of Sierra Leone will observe a three minutes silence today, Monday, November 7, to commemorate the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola virus disease in the country by the World Health Organization (WHO). [Read More]

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Hypertension – why the approach to tackling the silent killer has changed

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 May 2016 Globally about 22% of adults over the age of 18 suffer from hypertension, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation in 2014. But in Africa, this figure is higher and sits at 30%. In Sierra Leone there is no record of the number of people [Read More]

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British nurse Pauline Cafferkey back in hospital with Ebola complications

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 February 2016   British nurse Pauline Cafferkey who contracted the Ebola virus in December 2014, whilst working in Sierra Leone, but treated and declared Ebola free in London, has once again been flown back from her home in Scotland to an isolation unit at the Royal [Read More]

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Female circumcision – women must have the right to choose – says Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 February 2015 Recently, a senior minister in the Koroma government of Sierra Leone – the Minister of Gender and Social Welfare – Moijueh Kaikai, said unequivocally that female circumcision will not be abolished, echoing the views of most politicians,and perhaps that of millions of people up [Read More]

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Sierra Leone holds her breath as British Ebola free nurse goes back into hospital

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 October 2015 The people of Sierra Leone are today holding their breath as news of British nurse – Pauline Cafferkey who contracted the Ebola virus in December 2014, whilst working in Sierra Leone, but treated and declared Ebola free in London, was early this morning flown [Read More]