Africa: Meeting Africa's Liquidity Needs While Protecting Market Access - Appeal from Finance & Development Ministers
[allAfrica] Addis Ababa -Statement co-signed by the ministers of finance and / or ministers of development of the following countries: Angola, Cameroun, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World ’s Poor Hit by Double Jeopardy: a Deadly Virus & a Devastating Debt Burden
Credit: UNFPABy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 7 2020 (IPS) The world’s poorer nations, reeling under an unrelenting attack on their fragile economies by the COVID-19 pandemic, have suffered an equally deadly body blow: being buried under heavy debt burdens. Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, said last week that in 2019, 64 countries, nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, spent more on servicing external debt than on health. Ethiopia alone, he said, spends twice as much on paying off external debt as on health. “We spend 47 percent of our merchandise export reve...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Civil Society Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Health Issue - Recognising Progress in Crisis: What Malaria has Taught Sierra Leone
[Concord] Authored by: Dr. Samuel Smith, Director of Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and Hon. Paramount Chief Bai FaramaTass Bubu Ngbak IV of Magbema Chiefdom, KambiaDistrict. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Country to Go Into Second Lockdown as COVID-19 Spirals
[Nation] Sierra Leone is to go into another three-day nationwide lockdown in an effort by the government to scale up its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: COVID-19 Response in Sub-Saharan Africa - a Hybrid Approach Is Needed
[Nigeria Health Watch] The 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa wreaked havoc on a number of already fragile states - Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the peak, people were lying dead in the streets and in their homes. It felt like the end of the world. No country wants a repeat of that sort of horror. The justifiable haste to avert that sort of scenario has led many Sub-Saharan Africa states to copy the lockdown approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 30, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: President Goes Under Self-Quarantine
[Nation] Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio announced on Monday that he is going into self-isolation for 14 days as a precautionary measure after one of his bodyguards tested positive for Covid-19. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Post-Ebola Sierra Leone's Struggles
[East African] Sierra Leone, a country still recovering from the ravages of the 2014-2016 Ebola Epidemic is once again fighting stigma and trust as it faces the coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Q & A - How the Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Is Preparing for COVID-19
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr talks to the Thomson Reuters Foundation about the challenges of keeping residents safe in Sierra Leone's capital (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Confusion as Two COVID-19 Patients Go Missing
[Nation] The authorities in Sierra Leone are searching for two people said to have tested positive for coronavirus but suddenly went missing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Disowned by her family at 13 for falling pregnant
[Plan International] At eight months pregnant, 13-year-old Aisatu* sits in silence listening to music playing from a badly tuned FM radio. As dusk falls, Aisatu from Sierra Leone is another day closer to becoming a child mother -- something that she did not plan for, nor wants. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: "I did not imagine that my parents would want me to go through FGM to get around their economic struggles."
[Plan International] Sierra Leonians are well known for their exuberant celebrations to mark the big occasions in their lives. People love to come together to celebrate momentous events such as anniversaries or achievements. 16-year-old Mary has always loved these parties, especially weddings. "Weddings are lovely because I get to see my cousins and enjoy the music, dancing, and of course all the food." (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 6, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: Govt Tightens Restrictions After First 2 Coronavirus Cases
[VOA] Sierra Leone is the latest African country to launch a nationwide attack against the deadly coronavirus after two unrelated people tested positive for the virus in the capital, Freetown. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

African health officials warn of chronic medical shortages
Sierra Leone has just one ventilator for its 7.5m people (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 6, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus Proves Need for Free Healthcare for All – Now
Kansiime and her daughters arrive at the Mbarara Hospital. The three family members all live with HIV and go to the clinic regularly to collect their medication. "When I go to hospital, I am surrounded by other women who have come for treatment. We are there for the same reason,” Kansiime says. “This has helped me overcome stigma and given me strength." Credit: UNICEF/UNI211907/SchermbruckerBy Winnie ByanyimaGENEVA, Apr 2 2020 (IPS) The multi-layered crisis of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a dramatic shock to everyone. But, to communities affected by HIV and AIDS, the crisis has not only brought a further shock to ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Winnie Byanyima Tags: Africa Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Liberia: Liberia, Sierra Leone Left Out of America's Financial Aid to Fight Coronavirus
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The United States government is dishing out an initial aid of US$274 million to lead the world's fight against the novel coronavirus. At least 14 African countries and European countries are benefitting but America's oldest African ally and its neighbor, Sierra Leone were left out. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news