Johnson & Johnson Ebola Vaccine Regimen Demonstrated Robust and Durable Immune Response in Adults and Children in Data Published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., September 13, 2021 – Data from two papers published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases demonstrated that the Johnson & Johnson (the Company) Ebola vaccine regimen, Zabdeno® (Ad26.ZEBOV) and Mvabea® (MVA-BN-Filo), generated robust humoral (antibody) immune responses in adults and children (ages 1-17) with the immune responses persisting in adults for at least two years. The data also showed that booster vaccination with Ad26.ZEBOV, administered to adults two years after the initial vaccination, induced a strong anamnestic (immune) response within seven days. These findings support the p...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Safeguards Children With New Vaccine Against Polio
[WHO-AFRO] A sub-national polio immunization campaign starts today in Sierra Leone to protect an estimated 520,000 children under five years of age using the novel Oral Polio vaccine. The campaign will run for four days and will be implemented by national and district teams and frontline health workers that will go house to house in three districts - Tonkolili, Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural districts - to immunize eligible children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: World Bank Country Director Pays Courtesy Call On President Bio, Pledges Support for Health Insurance Scheme
[Sierra Leone Government] The World Bank Country Director for Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia, Pierre Frank Laporte, has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and pledged the Bank's support for the country's Health Insurance Scheme. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Ebola Vaccine Booster Doses Under Way in Sierra Leone
[WHO-AFRO] Ebola booster dose vaccination kicks off in Sierra Leone following administration of the prime dose of the Johnson& Johnson Ebola vaccine in May this year. Frontline health workers, practitioners of traditional medicines or traditional healers and commercial motor bike riders who received the first dose are now being given their second jab to maximize their protection against the disease. The target beneficiaries were identified as high-risk groups and selected for preventive vaccination to protect th (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Privatised Health Services Worsen Pandemic
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 2021 (IPS) Decades of public health cuts have quietly taken a huge human toll, now even more pronounced with the pandemic. Austerity programmes, by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, have forced countries to cut public spending, including health provisioning. ‘Government is the problem’ “India’s COVID crisis: A deadly example of government failure”, “Government failures still hamper [UK] Covid-19 response”. Such headlines have become commonplace as the pandemic rages on, with no sign of end...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Source Type: news

ECW Interviews the Honourable Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction for South Sudan
By External SourceAug 6 2021 (IPS-Partners) Awut Deng Acuil is the first female Minister of Education for South Sudan, and only the second person to serve as Minister of Education for her country – which became independent country in 2011. Prior to this role, Minister Acuil was the first woman to serve as the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Recently, Minister Acuil made history as the first women to lead a South Sudan university when she was appointed head of council at the University of Bahr El-Ghazal. Since 2005, Minister Acuil has served as Presidential Advisor on Gender...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: COVID-19 Education Education Cannot Wait. Future of Education is here Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

One by One, African Countries Dismantle Colonial-Era Death Penalty Laws
In a unanimous vote by lawmakers, Sierra Leone became the 23rd African country to abolish capital punishment. Critics called it an... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

City Heat is Worse if You ’re Not Rich or White. The World’s First Heat Officer Wants to Change That
Jane Gilbert knows she doesn’t get the worst of the sticky heat and humidity that stifles Miami each summer. She lives in Morningside, a coastal suburb of historically preserved art deco and Mediterranean-style single-family homes. Abundant trees shade the streets and a bay breeze cools residents when they leave their air conditioned cars and homes. “I live in a place of privilege and it’s a beautiful area,” says Gilbert, 58, over Zoom in early June, shortly after beginning her job as the world’s first chief heat officer, in Miami Dade county. “But you don’t have to go far to see t...
Source: TIME: Science - July 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature Londontime Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Govt Imposes New Restrictions to Fight Third Wave of Covid-19
[RFI] Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio rolled out a number of new nationwide measures, including a curfew that begins on Monday at 11PM to stem the increasing number of cases of Covid-19 in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Reimposes Curfew Amid Covid-19 Third Wave
[East African] Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has reimposed a nationwide curfew as part of new measures aimed at curbing rising Covid-19 cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Govt Reimposes Curfew Amid Covid-19 Third Wave
[Nation] Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has reimposed a nationwide curfew as part of new measures aimed at curbing rising Covid-19 cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Covid-19 - Govt Confirms Third Wave, Toughens Measures
[Nation] Sierra Leone has reintroduced restrictive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 after announcing a third wave of infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Ebola Survivors - Their Health Struggles and How Best to Support Them
[The Conversation Africa] West Africa's Ebola outbreak between 2013 and 2016 was the most widespread in the history of the disease. By the end of the outbreak, more than 28,000 people were infected and 11,000 succumbed to the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Govt, Donors Must Prioritize Mental Health to Address Legacy of War, Ebola - Report
[AI London] Survivors of traumatic experiences and others in need of support in Sierra Leone are being failed by the severe lack of available mental health services years after the country's brutal civil war and devastating Ebola epidemic, Amnesty International warned in a new report published today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Wanted: Transparency & Accountability in Pandemic-Related Spending
Under the UN-backed COVAX initiative, UNICEF ships COVID-19 vaccine syringes from a warehouse in Dubai Logistics City, United Arab Emirates. And as the world continues to grapple with the health and economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and Islamic Development Bank have teamed up to help the most vulnerable. May 2021. Credit: UNICEF/Ruel PableoBy Chady El Khoury, Jiro Honda, Johan Mathisen, and Etienne Yehoue*WASHINGTON DC, May 21 2021 (IPS) Governments around the world are playing a crucial role in providing lifelines to people and firms to help combat the pandemic and its economic fallout. To support t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Chady El Khoury - Jiro Honda - Johan Mathisen and Etienne Ye Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Large Corporations Cash in on COVID-19 Relief Funds
The large part of COVID-19 relief funds is going to big corporation. People who are likely to have been impacted the most by the pandemic in the Global South, such as smaller businesses, marginalised communities, women, and those in poverty, have been left out. Credit: Dionny Matos/IPSBy Ed HoltBRATISLAVA , May 18 2021 (IPS) Poverty and income inequality are being deepened as COVID-19 relief funds are handed out to large corporations instead of social protection programmes in developing countries, groups involved in a new study of COVID-19 bailouts have said. A report by the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) civil soc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ed Holt Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 public bailout funds Source Type: news

Women's empowerment and female genital mutilation intention for daughters in Sierra Leone: a multilevel analysis - Ameyaw EK, Anjorin S, Ahinkorah BO, Seidu AA, Uthman OA, Keetile M, Yaya S.
BACKGROUND: Female genital mutilation is common in Sierra Leone. Evidence indicates that empowering women provides protective benefits against female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Yet, the relationship between women's empowerment and their intention ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Parents Urged to Take Their Children for Polio Vaccine
[Concord] In the wake of the commencement of the polio vaccination later this week, Communication Pillar Lead at National Corona Virus Emergency Centre (NaCOVERC), who also doubles as Head of Public Education Unit, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Harold Thomas, has called on parents to feel free to let their children be vaccinated with the polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 14, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Joins World Health Organization in Efforts to Prevent Spread of Ebola in West Africa
Discussions are ongoing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the approval of the vaccine regimen in the U.S. WHO Prequalification is often a prerequisite for national registrations of new vaccines and medicines in developing countries. Johnson & Johnson now looks forward to collaborating with the WHO’s African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) to progress national registrations of the Company’s Ebola vaccine regimen. The Company’s Ebola vaccine regimen is designed to be used proactively to induce immunity against Ebola virus disease in adults and children. Johnson & Johnson’s...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Africa: Most Covid-19 Bail-out Money Goes to Big Business - Survey
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Most of the money paid out by the governments of Kenya and Sierra Leone to those struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus has gone to big corporations and not the poor, a new study has found. While South Africa promised more to big business, it has actually paid out more on welfare grants. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 23, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Environmental Crises Are Forcing Millions Into Cities. Can Countries Turn Climate Migrants Into an Asset?
When he was a child, James Owuor loved hearing the elders talk about the way life used to be. So it comes as something of a surprise that at 38, he is now the one tasked with the job of describing the Before Times in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Before Lake Baringo started to rise, before it flooded and stole everything he knew. “At the beginning, we just thought it was a bad rainy season, that the water would recede when the dry season came. It didn’t,” he says ruefully, peering over the edge of his motorized canoe at what used to be houses below the milky brown waters. Over the past decade, an unprecedent...
Source: TIME: Science - April 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aryn Baker/Kampi Ya Samaki, Kenya Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature Magazine TIME 2030 Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Orange Joins Salone Autism Society to Raise Awareness
[Concord] As Sierra Leone joins the world to celebrate World Autism Day, tomorrow, Friday, 2nd April, Orange Telecom, has announced their intention to partner with the Sierra Leone Autism Society to raise awareness on the disease condition. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Kingharman Rd Hospital Administers More Vaccine in the Country
[Concord] The Medical Superindent of the Kingharman Road hospital Dr. Sarah Conteh said the Kingharman Road hospital gives more vaccine than any other station in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone/Benin: Afcon Chiefs Study Sierra Leone's Claims About Coronavirus in Benin Squad
[RFI] Organisers of Africa's most prestigious national team tournament were on Wednesday attempting to sort out the disarray and claims of coronavirus-infected players which hijacked a crucial qualifier between Sierra Leone and Benin for next January's Africa Cup of Nations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: President Starts Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign With His Own Jab
[RFI] Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio joined other world leaders on Monday by being publicly vaccinated for Covid-19, and urged all citizens to follow his example and receive jabs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: President Bio Gets First Jab As Sierra Leone Rolls Out Covid-19 Vaccination
[East African] President Julius Maada Bio became the first person to be vaccinated in Sierra Leone as the country rolled out its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: President Bio Gets First Jab as Govt Rolls Out Covid-19 Vaccination
[East African] President Julius Maada Bio became the first person to be vaccinated in Sierra Leone as the country rolled out its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Extent of Violence Against Women During Pandemic Exposed
Parliamentarians from Africa and Asia met to discuss how to improve the conditions of women, girls, and youth during pandemics. Credit: APDABy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 11 2021 (IPS) COVID-19 restrictions exposed women and girls to heightened abuse – revealing the conditions in which gender-based violence became the shadow pandemic on the continent, a recent webinar attended by parliamentarians from Africa and Asia heard. Gift Malunga, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative for Zambia, told delegates that during the lockdown in Zambia, 90% of calls to traditional hotlines ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Woman army officer in forefront COVID-19 battle in Sierra Leone
A woman officer in Sierra Leone’s army has been put in the forefront of coordinating the national effort to combat COVID-19. Lieutenant Matilda Mattu Moiwo holds a senior position in the West African country’s National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre, which is supported by the United Nations. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Woman army officer in forefront of COVID-19 battle in Sierra Leone
A woman officer in Sierra Leone’s army has been put in the forefront of coordinating the national effort to combat COVID-19. Lieutenant Matilda Mattu Moiwo holds a senior position in the West African country’s National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre, which is supported by the United Nations. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What factors shape surgical access in West Africa? A qualitative study exploring patient and provider experiences of managing injuries in Sierra Leone - Virk A, Bella Jalloh M, Koedoyoma S, Smalle IO, Bolton W, Scott JA, Brown J, Jayne D, Ensor T, King R.
INTRODUCTION: Surgical access is central to universalising health coverage, yet 5  billion people lack timely access to safe surgical services. Surgical need is particularly acute in post conflict settings like Sierra Leone. There is limited understanding... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

West Africa: WHO Allocates U.S.$1.25 Million to Fight Ebola Outbreak
[Africa Renewal] WHO has disbursed US$ 1.25 million to support the response in Guinea and to reinforce Ebola readiness in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Red Cross Intensifies Response Amidst Fears of Ebola Spreading in the Region
[New Dawn] Red Cross volunteers and staff in Guinea, Liberia, C ôte d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone have stepped up surveillance and community sensitization efforts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 24, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: SGBV, Teenage Pregnancy, and Early Marriage Remain Unbeatable
[Concord] It was 3pm when Lucinda was explaining her ordeal on a blooming Wednesday afternoon, with the sun shining from a clear sky in her veranda in Saama village, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. With her three month baby wrapped in yellow and blue cotton with nipple of her breast in the baby's mouth , Lucinda appears skinny, rough and malnourished, but with round eyes, thick long eyebrows, straight nose, small mouth and pink lips, and her smile clearly exposes her dimples - of course she is beautiful and charmi (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - February 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Guinea: Why Ebola Is Back in Guinea and Why the Response Must Be Different This Time
[The Conversation Africa] New reports of Ebola in Guinea are causing anxiety given the history of the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016. This was the largest Ebola outbreak reported to date - 28,000 cases were recorded, including 11,000 deaths. It originated in Guinea and then spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The confirmed cases this time have been reported from the southeast of Guinea about 800km by road from the capital, Conakry, but only about 100km from various border points with Liberia and C ôte d'Ivoire. The concern (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Africa: Ebola Strikes Again - Key Questions and Lessons From the Past
[The Conversation Africa] News of a new outbreak of Ebola in Guinea is indeed distressing. The last in West Africa occurred between 2014 and 2015 and affected Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It was the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea and in which more than 11,300 people died. Among these were over 500 health workers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: The Resurgence of Ebola - It's Time to Shut the Borders
[FrontPageAfrica] WHEN THE DEADLY Ebola virus outbreak hit the West African subregion in 2014, a total of 28,616 cases and 11,310 deaths were recorded in in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone, Guinea Sign Communique, Commit to Mutual Security, Public Health and Socio-Economic Interests
[Sierra Leone Government] His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has concluded his 2-day working visit to Conakry where the two countries committed to reopening on Thursday 18 Feb the land border that was closed since early last year due to COVID-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 17, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Guinea Declares Ebola Epidemic as Neighboring Countries Act to Prevent Further Spread
DAKAR, Senegal — Guinea has officially declared it has an Ebola epidemic after at least three people have died and four others have been infected in the West African nation. Neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia have put their citizens on high alert as the three West African nations battled the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016, which began in Guinea and in which more than 11,300 people died. Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has flown to consult with Guinean President Alpha Conde. Guinea’s new Ebola outbreak occurred in N’Zerekore, in southern Guinea, where health offi...
Source: TIME: Health - February 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARLEY PETESCH / AP Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

mHealth-supported delivery of an evidence-based family home-visiting intervention in Sierra Leone: protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial - Desrosiers A, Schafer C, Esliker R, Jambai M, Betancourt T.
BACKGROUND: Past trauma and exposure to violence have been related to poor emotion regulation and household violence, which can have persistent mental health effects across generations. The Family Strengthening Intervention for Early Childhood Development ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New study shows pandemic's toll on jobs, businesses, and food security in poorer countries
(Innovations for Poverty Action) The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp decline in living standards and rising food insecurity in low- and middle-income across the globe, according to a new study published Feb. 5 in the journalScience Advances. Using data collected between April-July 2020 in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, researchers found drops in employment, income, and access to markets and services, translating into high levels of food insecurity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 5, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lethal Chimp Disease Is Linked to Newly Identified Bacteria
Deaths at a Sierra Leone sanctuary that stumped people for 15 years have now been linked to a bacterium that seems to cause similar ailments in humans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Gorman Tags: Monkeys and Apes Endangered and Extinct Species Bacteria Veterinary Medicine Nature Communications (Journal) Sierra Leone Research Tacugama your-feed-science Wildlife Die-Offs Source Type: news

In Low Resource Settings, Task Sharing for Mesh Hernia Repair Seems Safe, Effective In Low Resource Settings, Task Sharing for Mesh Hernia Repair Seems Safe, Effective
Patient outcomes for elective mesh hernia repair were similar for medical doctors and associate clinicians in Sierra Leone, a new randomized controlled trial shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 3, 2021 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Antibody Spike Months After Ebola Infection Surprisingly Common
A study of people in Sierra Leone suggests that the virus can lie in hiding from the immune system before re-emerging later and sparking a new response —although researchers didn't examine whether... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 27, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Covid-19 - Freetown Goes Into 2 Weeks Lockdown
[East African] Sierra Leone's capital Freetown goes into a two-week lockdown starting Monday, as the government revises measures to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Freetown Receives International Support to Help Migrants Amid Covid-19
[allAfrica] The city of Freetown has become one of five across the world to receive an award to help it expand a waste-management scheme aimed at helping young people in informal settlements to make a living and improve public health amid the challenges of Covid-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Good results for groin hernia operations not performed by doctors in Sierra Leone
(Karolinska Institutet) In countries with a severe shortage of surgeons it is common for some operations to be done by medical staff with lower formal qualifications. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have led a study on the safety and efficacy of a common surgical procedure. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, shows that inguinal hernia operations performed by associate clinicians at a Sierra Leone hospital were just as safe and effective as those performed by doctors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Female Genital Mutilation - the Woman Fighting Sierra Leone's Ritual
[DW] Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in Africa. Despite decades of campaigns, the traditional practice has hardly declined. This doesn't deter Rugiatu Turay from fighting cutting. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 4, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why Africa ’s COVID-19 Outbreak Hasn’t Been as Bad as Everyone Feared
When COVID-19 initially blazed through Asia, Europe and then the United States, global public health experts worried that it could be catastrophic for Africa, with its crowded cities, poorly funded health sector and lack of testing facilities. The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in April predicted up to 300,000 deaths this year if the virus couldn’t be contained on the continent. Yet it was the U.S, with its superior health system, that hit that grim milestone first, and so far, Africa has been largely spared the worst of the devastation experienced by the rest of the world. As of Dec. 29, the Africa Centres for ...
Source: TIME: Health - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Londontime Source Type: news