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Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Water Facilities Help Resettled Communities Fight COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Water Facilities Help Resettled Communities Fight COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

HEALTH
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 12, 2020/ -- Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, handwashing remains among the most difficult preventive measures for millions of Sierra Leoneans to follow. In fact, access to clean water is still a challenge for many crowded urban settlements across Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa where an estimated 2.9 million people live without clean and potable water.  So, how do you wash your hands if you cannot access water?   Despite the COVID-19 outbreak in a country still traumatized by some 4,000 deaths caused by the Ebola virus, flood survivors living in camps often forsake lockdown measures as they search for clean water for their households.   To support these disaster-affected communities, the In...
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Broadcast Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Easing of Restrictions on Houses of Worship and Other Measures

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Broadcast Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Easing of Restrictions on Houses of Worship and Other Measures

AFRICA
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 11, 2020/ --By His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio In our fight to protect against and curtail COVID-19, we have taken well-considered measures to protect lives and also sustain livelihoods through an inclusive and rigorous consultative process with stakeholders and experts. Throughout, we have also urged strict compliance with all public health directives. Citizens must take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Persons who are refusing to comply with health directives are exposing themselves, their loved ones, and their communities to the grave risk of infection and possible death. I have strongly urged the leadership of the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (NACOVERC) to take all necessary act...
Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio commissions Covid-19 Care and Treatment Facilities, recognises Partner Interventions in Healthcare Systems

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio commissions Covid-19 Care and Treatment Facilities, recognises Partner Interventions in Healthcare Systems

CORONAVIRUS
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, July 3, 2020/ -- His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has commissioned Covid-19 care and treatment facilities, the pilot distribution of equipment and uniforms to healthcare workers in Bo, southern Sierra Leone, where he also praised the interventions of partner organisations. “Enhancing the capacity of healthcare personnel goes beyond simply recruiting and training nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is about making them more efficient in speedily and accurately diagnosing and treating disease conditions presented to them. We also believe that in the absence of accurate diagnosis, the health, and possibly, lives of patients are at grave risk,” he said. President Bio further noted that diagnostic testing was central to disease surveillance a...
Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Bio strengthens COVID-19 Fight at Regional Administrative Levels

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Bio strengthens COVID-19 Fight at Regional Administrative Levels

AFRICA
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, June 19, 2020/ -- His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has met with Resident Ministers, who doubled as COVID-19 Regional Coordinators, at State House and presented them with vehicles to ease their work in the fight against the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Chief Minister, Professor David Francis, who chaired the event, said that the move was part of the President’s plans to support, strengthen and capacitate the different actors in the fight against the virus.  He also said that the move was to acknowledge and support the work of the various regional coordinators. Interim National Coordinator, Brigadier (Rtd) Kellie Hassan Conteh, said that since their appointment the regional coordinators had always responded quite well and they had made lots of inp...
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Innovative sexual health app to help prevent surge in teenage pregnancy due to COVID-19

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Innovative sexual health app to help prevent surge in teenage pregnancy due to COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
LONDON, United Kingdom, June 16, 2020 -- Disruption due to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone could lead to 23,000 extra teenage pregnancies by the end of the year, according to new analysis from Save the Children. To combat this, the organisation has launched an innovative, interactive game app for boys and girls which provides reliable information on sexual health as well as how to stay safe from the coronavirus. For some, this information could be lifesaving. Pregnancy complications are number one killer of girls in Sierra Leone, accounting for a quarter of all deaths of girls age 15-19 and the teenage pregnancy rate is already one of the highest in the world. In West Africa babies born to mothers under the age of 16 are twice as likely to die during the first month of their life. ...
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hands over 32 motorbikes to Ministry of Social Welfare

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hands over 32 motorbikes to Ministry of Social Welfare

AFRICA
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, June 16, 2020 -- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sierra Leone has handed over thirty-two (32) brand new motorbikes to boost the Ministry of Social Welfare’s capacity to provide Psychosocial Support Services in the current COVID-19 response. The motorbikes will be dispatched to Social Workers in all the 16 districts to support in their daily assignments such as rapid case management for survivors of violence and abuse and tracing of vulnerable children. “COVID 19 is real, we must ensure that our vulnerable families including women, children, the disabled and elderly are well protected during this pandemic,” said Hon. Bindu Dassama, Minister of Social welfare. Some of the motorcycles donated by UNICEF to the Ministry of social welfare, Sierra ...
AFRICA: Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to visit Sierra Leone to discuss nutrition, development plan

AFRICA: Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to visit Sierra Leone to discuss nutrition, development plan

AFRICA, Business, Sierra Leone
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 11, 2020/ -- Who: African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org)  What: President Akinwumi Adesina to hold discussions with President Julius Maada Bio Where: Sierra Leone When: 11 to 13 March 2020 Following a meeting with the President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio at the AU Summit in February 2020, President Akinwumi Adesina will make a visit to the country, from 11 to 13 March. The visit presents an opportunity to deepen discussions on several fronts, particularly on how the Bank can assist Sierra Leone to implement the 2019-2023 National Development Plan, which focuses on human capital development. Both presidents will use the visit to discuss the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative, which work...
SIERRA LEONE: Chelsea’s Rüdiger says ‘Sierra Leone is home’, donates $100,000 towards education

SIERRA LEONE: Chelsea’s Rüdiger says ‘Sierra Leone is home’, donates $100,000 towards education

AFRICA
Chelsea and German international Antonio Rudiger has donated $100,000 towards free education project by the Sierra Leone government. The player said it was his contribution towards the development of the country of his parentage. He made the donation when he met with President Julius Maada Bio in London on the sidelines of the ongoing UK-Africa Investment Summit. Rudiger said he was donating the money as his modest contribution to the President’s flagship project, which aims to support over two million children in primary and secondary schools in the West African nation. He further stressed the importance of education to the human capital development of a nation, adding that that was the bedrock for every national development. “Sierra Leone is my home. I’m not the t...