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The Director of Epilepsy Programme in Sierra Leone, Dr. Durodami Lisk has said that one of the reasons why epilepsy commonly known as ‘fix’ is alarming in Sierra Leone, is because the country has “a very poor” obstetric care for women during and after pregnancy. He made this statement during a-one day programme for nurses[...]

During the national launch of the 2014 Human Development Report at the British Council Hall last Friday, speakers from the local and international community gathered to deliberate Sierra Leone’s development impediments. Among these are a severe lack in funding for social services such as education and health care, a growing disparity between the wealthy and[...]

The current Ebola crisis in the country is a national emergency and should be treated with utmost responsibility. The way it is handled is wrong and will continue to spread and create panic beyond the borders of the country. Mr President, the three most important institutions that should handle this crisis have either been treated[...]

Defining the word “art” can be a difficult task. Many individuals have tried over the centuries to come up with a comprehensive definition for the term, but as what is considered “art” spans a scope as large as the ocean is wide. The dictionary defines it as “The creation of beautiful or thought-provoking works,” but[...]

Sierra Leone moved one place up from last year in the Human Development Report launched last Thursday, but the country failed in its task to improve on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which the country will fail to meet by next year says the UNDP. With all the recent political and socio-economic achievements, Sierra Leone will not meet its targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. UNDP and other UN agencies supported an MDG Needs Assessment which gauged the human resources, infrastructure and finances required in twelve priority areas identified by the government: agriculture, education, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, the environment, transportation, energy, water and sanitation, science, innovation and technology, private sector development and job [...]
Government health professionals have engaged proprietors, pharmacists and nurses in the pharmaceutical field in a meeting held at the YWCA, Conference hall at Brookfield's in Freetown. According to the Registrar of the Pharmacy Board, Wiltshire Johnson, the purpose of bringing them together was to discuss burning issues, to stop all illegal sale of unauthorized medication, especially medication that are supposed to be prescribed by a medical Practitioner and not to be sold over the counter. He said the incidence of some pharmacies around the country, selling fake as well as illegal drugs over the counter is on the increase and this he stressed has to stop, as anyone caught in the trade will face the full force of the law. Johnson maintained that presently, with the EBOLA [...]
In the 2014 United Nations Human Development Report (UNHDR) with the theme 'Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience', a-women advocacy organization 50/50 has called on women in the country to speak with one voice in order to achieve their ultimate goal of gender equality. As the UNHDR ranked Sierra Leone 139 out of 146 in its gender development index, the President of 50/50 Dr. Aisha Ibrahim said there is lot to be done, noting, “Our maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy rates are still showing high. There are still less than 15% of women in Parliament and decision making positions; women still dominate the formal informal markets when we talk about economics and that is where we as women are placed in this country,” she said. She [...]
A sort of repellent for the over-usage of fuel products such as petrol, kerosene, diesel among others, which was developed in New Zealand and produced in Malaysia has been launched in Sierra Leone yesterday. During the launch of the product at Miatta Conference Hall, which coincided with the launch of the new brand of TVS Motorcycles, the General Manager of Fuel Stick International, Usman Gumi, told the gathering of dignitaries that Fuel Stick is an international product that has been widely used all over the world to save the usage of fuel in factories, corporate institutions, organizations, vehicles, generators and other machineries from 20% to 40% depending on the quantity of fuel usage. With their establishment at 34 Jones Street in Freetown, the GM said that Fuel stick is [...]
ENCISS has today concluded a policy dialogue forum that will look at progress made in the Social Protection Pillar of the Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP III), 'Agenda for Prosperity'. Organized by the ENCISS implementing partners for the Western Area, in collaboration with the Governance Stakeholder's Coordination Forum (GSCF), the event explored ways in which the Social Protection Pillar  also known as Pillar 6  is being implemented. Pillar 6 looks at ways to deliver a 'social safety net', such as through the use of initiatives targeting 12,000 extremely poor households in four pilot districts Kono, Moyamba, Bombali and Western Rural. These initiatives include flagship projects such as the National Population Census of 2014. As a result, during the [...]
Management, staff and partners of HAPPY Adolescent organization, has held its mid-year review of on-going programmes and projects at the Grassroots' and Gender Empowerment, conference room in Freetown. Making a statement on behalf of Government, Deputy Director, Joseph Sinnah in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, commended HAPPY organization for what he described as service to humanity, taking into consideration the many challenges government is faced with, regarding vulnerable children. He assured them of government's commitment to channel necessary support were possible to assist the children under their care. Sinnah, also praised the efforts of HAPPY staff for organizing the mid-year review, which he said demonstrates commitment and transparency [...]