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 16, 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

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

Sierra Leone:Food Security and Nutrition Report 2018821 Million People Now Hungry, Over 150 Million Children Stunted
[Concord] By Alusine Sesay (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Ebola Virus Found in Bats
TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- A new Ebola virus species discovered in bats in Sierra Leone has never been detected in sick humans or other animals, a new study shows. It's the first finding of its type, according to the researchers. The newly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak
(University of California - Davis) For the first time, scientists discovered a new ebola virus species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or sick animal. The discovery of the Bombali virus in bats in Sierra Leone and the sequencing of the complete genome was officially published today in the journal Nature Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Understanding Sierra Leonean and Liberian teachers' views on discussing past wars in their classrooms - Shepler S, Williams JH.
Various curricular and textbook initiatives exist to aid in the national processes of coming to terms with past violence, often serving the political goals of the victors, sometimes supported by international transitional justice institutions. Sierra Leone... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Lawmakers Order Release of Container Drugs Held At Quay
[Concord] Plans by the Sierra Leone Ports Authority to auction a container loaded with HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis drugs was thwarted last week after lawmakers reached a resolution for the drugs to be released immediately and distributed to various health centres across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Liberia, Sierra Leone Not Prepared to Prevent Ebola
[New Democrat] The American government's intervention via the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to train health workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone to prepare for and prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease failed after six international organizations hired to implement the project delivered unclear results, a US government audit shows. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Liberia's Public Health Institute Rebuts Fears After New Ebola Strain Discovery in Sierra Leone
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -As Sierra Leone deals with a certain level of public fear after the discovery of a new strain of Ebola virus in the northern part of the country, Liberia's public health authority tells Liberians that there should be "no cause for alarm". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Ebola Fear Grips Lofa Residents
[NEWS] The NEWS has learnt that residents of Lofa County are reportedly living in fear over reports of the discovery of a new strain of Ebola virus in neighboring Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Binta's World
[Concord] The need for parents to complement efforts of NGO's in creating a society free from teenage pregnancy (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Toxic heavy metal contamination from cadmium in the soil stresses rice crops and threatens both crop viability and food safety
(Natural News) A study published in the IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology has revealed that the current progress of scientific literature regarding the effects of cadmium accumulation in soil, coupled with the development of various procedures to treat it, significantly aids toxin-free rice production. Led by researchers from the South China Agricultural University and Sierra Leone Agricultural Research... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Species of Ebola Discovered
The Bombali Ebola virus was identified in bats in Sierra Leone, and there’s no evidence that it has infected people or causes human disease. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 31, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:New Ebola Virus Strain Found in Sierra Leone
[East African] Researchers in Sierra Leone have found a new strain of the Ebola virus, the government said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fears of another Ebola epidemic raised as scientists discover a new type
Health ministers in the African nation of Sierra Leone have now urged millions living in the country to avoid eating bats – a local delicacy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Call for Kambia Women, Girls to Use Family Planning
[Concord] The government, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners, last week celebrated World Population Day 2018 in Kambia on the theme "Family Planning is a human right". (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 25, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:How DRC's Ebola Outbreak Has Been Contained
[VOA] The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears to be in its waning days. Despite 28 deaths as of early June, health officials are cautiously optimistic that they are bringing the outbreak under control. So far, it's a striking turnaround from the 2014 West Africa outbreak, which killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and traveled as far as Glasgow, Scotland, and Dallas, Texas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Effort to Eliminate Rabies Intensifies
[Concord] The National Livestock and Animal Welfare, Rabies control Taskforce in collaboration with World Animal Protection are currently meeting Sierra Leone government Ministers of Health, Agriculture, Education and the Judiciary between 2nd - 6th July to come up with an action plan to implement the National Rabies Elimination Strategy launched in 2017 in Freetown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Minister of Health Opens Slmda Mid-Year Congress in Makeni
[Concord] The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie has officially opened the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) Mid-Year Congress and Scientific Sessions on the theme: "The Role of Medical Insurance in Improving Healthcare in Sierra Leone" and a symposium on the topic: "Surgery as a Component of Universal Health Coverage" over the weekend at the Makama Lodge in Makeni. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news