Education and Health

Burning questions about the Covid-19 Omicron variant and Africa – Op ed

Alhaji U. N’jai: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 November 2021: The discovery of a novel Covid-19 variant (Omicron) in South Africa with significant mutations in its spike protein raises a lot of concerns and questions about the virus. First, a big thank you to South African scientists for diligent sequencing and [Read More]

Education and Health

15 African countries hit 10% COVID-19 vaccination goal

WHO: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 November 2021: Fifteen African countries—nearly a third of the continent’s 54 nations—have fully vaccinated 10% of their people against COVID-19. The global goal of fully vaccinating 10% of every country’s population by 30 September was set in May by the World Health Assembly, the world’s [Read More]

Education and Health

Ending our collective silence: It’s time we stopped being ‘good girls’

Isata Kabia: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 November 2021: Silent, polite and obedient women can’t change the world for the better. So why are these the norms young girls everywhere are taught to follow? (Photo above: Isata Kabia). At the end of October, I attended the Amujae Leadership Forum – a [Read More]

Education and Health

Merck Foundation marks World Diabetes Day 2021 with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 November 2021: Merck Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Diabetes Day 2021’ together with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies, and Academia through their long-term program to build healthcare capacity and improving access for Diabetes, Hypertension and Endocrinology, by [Read More]

Education and Health

Gates Foundation commits $120 million to accelerate access to COVID-19 drug for lower-income countries

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 October 2021: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today a commitment of up to $120 million to accelerate access to the investigational antiviral drug molnupiravir for lower-income countries as part of its COVID-19 response effort. The funding will be allocated based on consultations with partners, [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone and 46 other countries removed from UK’s Covid red list

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 October 2021: UK Transport Minister – Grant Shapps, has today announced that as from 4am next Monday, 11th October 2021, the UK’s Covid red list will reduce to seven countries, with proof of vaccination by travellers arriving to the UK from 37 new countries and territories [Read More]

Education and Health

NOSLINA donates face masks to market women in Freetown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 September 2021: The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA), on Tuesday 7th September 2021 donated over a thousand face masks to various markets across Freetown, including Kroo Town Road Market, Dove Cot Market, Congo Market, King Jimmy Market, and Big Market – in [Read More]

Education and Health

Africa cannot outsource its health to the rest of the world – says Head of African Development Bank

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 September 2021: Global leaders, in a side-line event on health during the United Nations General Assembly, voiced the urgent need to scale up Covid-19 vaccine production and access in the wake of a pandemic that has caused unprecedented economic loss and bankrupted health care systems in [Read More]

Education and Health

How we transformed medical training in Sierra Leone in just four years

James Fallah-Williams: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 September 2021: I couldn’t help but laugh when I read the recently released report by the Sierra Leone government, in which it shamelessly praised itself for markedly positive changes in the provision of medical training in Sierra Leone. The government’s report stated that in [Read More]