Education and Health

UNFPA applauds Sierra Leone government’s decision allowing pregnant girls attend school

John Baimba Sesay: 31 March 2020: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commends the decision of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education to lift the ban on pregnant girls attending school. “As  co-chair of the Sexual Reproductive Health Taskforce, established in December 2019, I personally applaud the Minister [Read More]

Education and Health

Dealing with Coronavirus – how can we learn from Africa’s experience?

Professor Richard Black: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 March 2020: Whilst journalists and commentators have focused recently on lessons from Asia in relation to the current Covid-19 pandemic, with some referencing pandemics that have hit Europe and North America in the past, a less obvious question to ask is whether there [Read More]

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Sierra Leone does not have a case of coronavirus contrary to rumours

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: A fake news report published in an online publication – ucrtv.com, claiming that Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of the coronavirus, is maliciously untrue according to government officials in Freetown. Despite the deputy minister of information earlier this week warning the media [Read More]

Education and Health

Commonwealth develops tracker to help countries monitor coronavirus

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: The Commonwealth has developed a coronavirus tracker that shows daily cases in member countries. The tracker collects data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and shows the total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the affected member countries. The tool is designed to help [Read More]

Education and Health

Coronavirus – President Bio of Sierra Leone declares a state of public emergency

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 March 2020: President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has this afternoon declared a state of public emergency in response to the growing threat of the coronavirus that has engulfed the whole world, killing tens of thousands of people. Sierra Leone is yet to record a [Read More]

Education and Health

Coronavirus prevention in Sierra Leone: What the government is doing – An eye witness report

Jesmed F Suma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 March 2020: I must commend the Bio Government’s Corona Virus Prevention measures. There is a greater awareness nationwide, probably stemming from the public’s past experiences with Ebola. Every building I’ve been to, offices or homes alike, one is required to wash your hands [Read More]

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Sierra Leone has only one ventilator to treat coronavirus patients

Dr. Asad Naveed: Sierra Leone telegraph: 19 March 2020: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc around the globe. Africa was initially thought to be a safe zone for the disease, but now has 14 countries infected. Even though Sierra Leone is yet to detect a COVID-19 case, the [Read More]

Education and Health

Government must put human rights at the centre of its fight against coronavirus

CHRDI: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 March 2020: The Campaign For Human Rights and Development International, (CHRDI) has been following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizen’s lives with keen interest. Country to country, large public gatherings and major events have been cancelled. Employees have been told to work from [Read More]