Sierra Leone: New WHO Representative in Sierra Leone Presents Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
[WHO] The newly appointed Representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr Evans Majani Liyosi, today 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Nimatulai Bah Chang , in Freetown. This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official recognition by the government to represent the Organization in Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: WHO Undertakes Functional Review of Its Country Office in Sierra Leone to Align Its Strategic Direction to Country Health Priorities
[WHO] A functional review of the WHO Sierra Leone Country Office is underway in Freetown led by a team from the Regional Office for Africa. The review aims to better align the workforce, strategic health direction, structure and operations of the Country Office to the health sector needs and priorities of the host country. The review also aims to enable the Organization to deliver high-quality, strategic and technical advice as well as operational support relevant to the National Development Strategy of the gove (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: As 379,000 Benefits From Family Planning Contraceptive Services in 2018
[Concord] Marie Stopes Sierra Leone has announced partnership with QCell mobile company to be able to provide more information, education and services on sexual reproductive health to Sierra Leoneans, especially women and girls. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 20, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Overcrowding, Poor Hygiene At Makeni Correctional Centre
[Concord] A monitoring exercise carried out by the Chairperson and Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) has revealed several challenges at the Makeni Correctional Centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Health Ministry Targets Over 3.2 Million Children With Lifesaving Interventions
[Concord] This was made known last week at an orientation meeting held for District Health Education/Social Mobilization Officers and Heath Committee Chairpersons of Councils at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown he Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, GAVI and other Health Development Partners will soon embark on a Nationwide Measles Rubella Vaccination Campaign, reaching approximately 3.2 Million Children with Lifesaving Health Interventions, starting from Monday June 1 (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Americans Are Some of the Most Stressed-Out People in the World, a New Global Survey Says
Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world, according to Gallup’s annual Global Emotions report. For the report, Gallup polled about 1,000 adults in countries around the world last year about the emotions they’d experienced the day before the survey. Negative emotions and experiences — stress, anger, worry, sadness and physical pain — were common around the world, tying 2017’s record-setting levels, the report found. In the U.S., 55% of respondents told Gallup they’d felt a lot of stress the day before, well above the global average of 35%. Gallup’s research fo...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: 'Sierra Leone Will Rise Again in the Health Sector'
[Concord] The quest for a resilient health system for Sierra Leone is the focus and dream of the dynamic action-oriented Health and Sanitation Minister, Prof. Alpha Tejan Wurie. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The burden of trauma presenting to the government referral hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone: an observational study - Bundu I, Lowsby R, Vandy HP, Kamara SP, Jalloh AM, Scott COS, Beynon F.
INTRODUCTION: Trauma accounts for a significant proportion of the global burden of disease, with highest mortality rates seen in Africa. This epidemic is predicted to increase with urbanisation and an aim of the Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: As Acute Hunger Affects Over 100 Million People Worldwidenigeria Among World Hungriest Countries
[Concord] The Global Report on Food Crises presented yesterday jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) revealed that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Autism Voice Sierra Leone Joins the World in Celebrating 12th World Autism Awareness Day
[Concord] Today 2nd April, we join the international community to mark World Autism Awareness Day, in recognition of people living with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New ebolavirus, found in bats, more widespread than thought
(University of Arkansas) A University of Arkansas biologist found a newly discovered species of ebolavirus, named Bombali, in a bat caught in Kenya. Bombali, which is not known to infect humans, had previously been found only in Sierra Leone, 3,400 miles to the west. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: School Counsellors in Sierra Leone Address Early Pregnancy, Child Marriage
[UNFPA] Port Loko -Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 19, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

A guiding hand: School counsellors in Sierra Leone address early pregnancy, child marriage
PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says.To make matters even more difficult, childcare responsibilities meant Fatmata was unable to continue schooling. She dropped out for more than two years.“It was a situation I found difficult to accept,” she said. “Seeing my peers attending school every morning was a bitter pill for me to swallow.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

DNA from 200-year-old pipe sheds light on life of enslaved African woman
US archaeologists trace roots of woman to modern-day Sierra Leone as part of ongoing ancestry researchArchaeologists used DNA taken from a broken clay pipe stem found in Maryland to build a picture of an enslaved woman who died around 200 years ago and had origins in modern-day Sierra Leone. One researcher called the work “a mind-blower”.Related:El Norte review: an epic and timely history of Hispanic North AmericaContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 17, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Martin Pengelly Tags: Slavery Maryland US news American civil war Africa Sierra Leone World news Archaeology Genetics Science Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Panama Papers Trail Offers Hope to Villagers Suing for Damages
[International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Lawyers hope the documents will force a foreign-owned company to compensate them for alleged pollution, forced removal, health complaints and human rights violations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Health Minister Opens Ambulance Bay, Accident, Emergency Consulting Rooms
[Concord] Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie, has on Wednesday,27th February, officially opened the newly constructed Ambulance Bay and Triage,as well as the rehabilitated and refurbished Accident and Emergency Consulting Rooms of the Connaught Hospital in Freetown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

C-sections by trained health officers a safe alternative
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Sierra Leone has few doctors and even fewer surgeons to serve its seven million people. Since 2011, a non-profit group called CapaCare has been training community health officers to perform basic lifesaving surgeries. A new study shows the programme is working well when it comes to the most common surgery in the country -- Caesarean sections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: SUN Secretariat Visits Four Districts in January
[Concord] A Team from the Scaling Up Nutrition Secretariat in the Office of the Vice President has visited four districts in January this year to promote Food and Nutrition Security Coordination, which is key to the work of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: First Lady Wants Cancer Centre Built in Salone
[Concord] First Lady Fatima Bio has spoken about the urgent need for a cancer treatment centre to be constructed in the country to help save the thousands of Sierra Leoneans who are afflicted with the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: No Fixed Assets Register At Central Medical Stores
[Concord] According to a systems review conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Central Medical Store does not maintain a fixed asset register and that resulted in assets not coded. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: NMDHR Trains CHW And FMC in Luawa
[Concord] Community Health workers and Facility Management Committees in seventeen Peripheral Health Units ( PHUs) in the Luawa Chiefdom,Kailahun District, have over the weekend received training in health accountability facilitated by the Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (NMDHR), with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: ACC Systems Review Reveals'no Proper Storage and Inventory of Drugs At Hospitals'
[Concord] ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala and Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Anthony Augustine Sandi launching the report (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Dr. Patrick Coker Gets ANOC Medical Commission Appointment
[Concord] President of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SLE) Dr. Patrick Coker became the first Sierra Leonean to be appointed to the Africa National Olympic Committee Medical Committee. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: 'Tobacco Use Is a Sustainable Development Challenge'
[Concord] Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has stated that the use of tobacco is a sustainable development challenge as it long term effects cut cross all the Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

We Must Keep Maternal Health Front and Center of the UHC Conversation
By Pape Amadou Gaye, Chief Executive Officer ; Devex ContributorsJanuary 11, 2019We stand at a critical inflection point in the fight to end preventable maternal mortality.This piece originally appeared onDevex.The Lancet recently  reported that if high-quality health systems were in place in 137 low- and middle-income countries, maternal deaths would decline by half.So, how do we get there? How do we ensure that every woman has access to quality health care before, during, and after childbirth; that she and her newborn are not made to suffer from a preventable and treatable maternal health complication; that s...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Nigerian Medicos Give Facelift to Sierra Leone Medical Sector
[Concord] Nigerian medical doctors have over the years, through the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (TAC), worked in various communities across the country and have helped saved the lives of many Sierra Leoneans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Learning to Live As a Couple When One Partner Is HIV-Positive in Sierra Leone
[WHO] "The greatest support I ever received living with HIV for 10 years has come from my HIV-negative partner." (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: China Donates Medical Supplies, Opens Remote Pathological Diagnosis Platform
[Concord] The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone yesterday, on behalf of the Chinese government, donated medical supplies worth millions of dollars to Sierra Leone for onward use by the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital at Jui in the Western Rural district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Kroo Bay Residents Vow to Respect, Care for People With Autistism
[Concord] Residents of the Kroo Bay Community, west of Freetown, have vowed to treat people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the country with utmost respect. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Six in 10 wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss
Kew scientists ’ analysis of 124 wild species shows 60% facing possible extinction, risking viability of commercial stock Wild coffee species are under threat, with 60% of them facing possible extinction, including Arabica, the original of the world ’s most popular form ofcoffee, researchers say.Most coffee species are found in the forests of Africa and Madagascar. They arethreatened by climate change and the loss of natural habitat, as well as by the spread of diseases and pests.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Tags: Endangered species Coffee IUCN red list of endangered species Conservation Kew Gardens Plants Ethiopia Sierra Leone Africa Environment Wildlife Science World news Source Type: news

Bats in Sierra Leone Carry Marburg Virus
It's the first time the deadly pathogen has been found in West Africa. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 31, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Deadly Marburg Virus Found in Bats in Sierra Leone
[East African] Scientists in Sierra Leone have found fruit-eating bats infected with the deadly Marburg virus, the health ministry said Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Girl, 10, Dies After Genital Cutting in Sierra Leone
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] FGM is widely practised in the West African nation during girls' initiations into secret societies which wield significant political clout. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone Fruit Bats Infected With Ebola-like Marburg Virus Sierra Leone Fruit Bats Infected With Ebola-like Marburg Virus
Scientists in Sierra Leone have found live bats infected with Marburg virus, a deadly hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola and so far undetected in West Africa, a U.S. government statement said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

From spectacular orchids to towering trees – 2018's top new plant discoveries
Around the world, species hunters unearth 128 vascular plants and 44 species of fungi, many already facing extinctionA spectacular orchid sold from a barrow in a Laos market, a flower which may contain cancer-fighting chemicals, and a tall tree found beside an African highway, are among more than 100 plants that were newly discovered by science in 2018. But experts warn it is a “race against time” to discover many new species before they become extinct.Species hunters scouring the globe for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and its partners, this year found about 128 vascular plants and 44 species of fungi.Contin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Barkham Tags: Plants Biology Kew Gardens Endangered species Guinea Environment Science Endangered habitats Conservation Cameroon Sierra Leone Laos Wildlife Source Type: news

Sierra Leone fruit bats infected with Ebola-like Marburg virus
Scientists in Sierra Leone have found live bats infected with Marburg virus, a deadly hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola and so far undetected in West Africa, a U.S. government statement said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Female genital mutilation blamed for death of 10-year-old girl in Sierra Leone
A 10-year-old girl has died from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone, authorities said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deadly Marburg virus found in bats in Sierra Leone
The discovery marks the first time the pathogen — a cousin of Ebola — has been found in West Africa, raising the potential for it to cause outbreaks in humans in a new region. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

West Africa: Why Ebola Is Proving Hard to Beat in the DR Congo
[The Conversation Africa] Nearly this time exactly two years ago I wrote about the latest positive results showing - for the first time - that a vaccine against one of the world's scariest viruses, Ebola, could work. I was writing after the epidemic that hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2013 until 2016. Since then, there have been three more outbreaks of the disease: all in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gates-backed Penn State, Johns Hopkins project measures heart rate from 4 ft. away with cellphone cameras
Researchers will travel to India and Sierra Leone to test the technology in low-resource settings. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow
Doctors in Sierra Leone's public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they may follow suit. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Getting to Zero: Lessons on Ebola and Global Health Security
November 20, 2018We sat down with  Oliver Johnson to find out how West Africa's 2014  outbreak is informing DRC's today.As news from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)worsens, how can the lessons from the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak help?I sat down with Dr. Oliver Johnson, coauthor ofGetting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline, who worked on the frontlines of the West Africa outbreak, to find out. He stressed that while we ’ve learned a lot about Ebola, most of it has involved technical aspects, such as themedical innovations and treatm...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Legislators Seek 300% Salary Raise As Doctors Strike
[This is Africa] Are politicians and parliamentarians across Africa cut from the same cloth? Sierra Leone's MPs are pushing for a 300% salary increase, reinforcing the statement, join African politics if you want to be wealthy without much effort. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Safety for Frontline Health Workers Paramount to Ebola Response and Global Health Security
November 09, 2018The threat in DRC may no longer be containable and could become endemic.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield came to Capitol Hill in Washington Monday with an ominous warning:The current Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now so serious that it might not be containable and could become endemic.TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) reports this week that there are now 300 cases of the virus and 186 deaths since the outbreak was declared four months ago. Twenty-seven health workers have been infected and three have died.Key to ending the ...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Chinese Medical Team Performs Free Cataract Surgery in Kenema
[Concord] Charles Jusu, who is over 60, has finally regained his complete eyesight. He is one of the beneficiaries of free cataract surgery being conducted by a team of Chinese medical experts from Hunan Province. His two eyes were almost rendered useless after being affected by cataract for the past years. But with the intervention of the medical team, his eyesight has been revived. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola Then and Now: Lessons to Reshape Our Strategies Amidst New Outbreaks
Source: Center for Global Development (CGD). Published: 10/29/2018. In this one-hour, 22-minute panel discussion, speakers recount their experiences on the ground in Sierra Leone during the height of the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. They examine the policy and operational lessons learned that emerged from that effort; and reflect on the development and delivery of an efficacious Ebola vaccine, and how current approaches can perpetuate the exclusion of a group desperately in need of protection: pregnant women. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Cost $53 Bln - Study West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Cost $53 Bln - Study
An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study in this month's Journal of Infectious Diseases.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

West Africa's Ebola outbreak cost $53 billion - study
An Ebola outbreak that ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in 2014 cost economies an estimated $53 billion, according to a study in this month's Journal of Infectious Diseases. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Resident Minister North Hands Over Drugs to Tonkolili District
[Concord] The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has on Friday October 12, 2018,handed over five trucks of free healthcare commodities at a ceremony held at the Tonkolili District Council hall in Tonkolili district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Teenage Pregnancy Affecting Health, Social, Economic, Political and Progress
[Concord] Sierra Leone's 2014 and 2015 status of youth report has revealed that teenage pregnancy is one of the most pervasive problems affecting the health, social, economic, political progress and empowerment of adolescent girls and young females in Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 1, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news