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The God Father of music in Sierra Leone, Jimmy Bangura (Jimmy B) has condemned people who are using the EBOLA crisis to enrich themselves. He made this disclosure in an interview with Awoko at his Paradise City office, on Kingston upon Hull Way, along Lumley beach Road in Freetown. Jimmy B said it is disheartening[...]

Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah on Wednesday, 17th September 2014 signed a grant agreement with the African Development Bank (ADB) at a brief ceremony held in the Minister’s office in Freetown. The ADB Country Representative with whom Minister Marah signed the grant documents said the USD 1, 000, 000 (one million[...]

Deputy Director General of the European Union (EU) for Geographic Programmes and Development Marcus Conaro has said in Freetown that the Commission will provide 50 million Euros to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone and an additional 376 million Euros to support the country post Ebola recovery. Indications are that the EU budgetary support will be[...]

The United Nations Population Fund has supported the government of Sierra Leone with Reproductive Health Kits and infection prevention items. The kits were handed over to the Ministry of Health through the Reproductive and Family Planning Programme at the Central Medical Stores, New England Ville, Freetown on Wednesday,17th September 2014. Since the outbreak of Ebola[...]

Head of Chinese CDC 29 man team that arrived last Thursday with a chartered flight Dr. Gao Fu has told Awoko in an exclusive interview that they have come to finish Ebola in Sierra Leone. He made this disclosure at the Lungi Airport when they arrived with another 30 military doctors a mobile laboratory and[...]

The Senior District Officer (SDO) Kenema District, Abdulai Mansaray who is also part of the Kenema District Ebola Task Force on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 formally launched the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) operation known as Operation Support Our Farmers at the SLPMC regional office in Kenema city. He said Ebola has disturbed the[...]

Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara has said that response of the international community towards the Ebola fight is encouraging as the entire world is now grappling with the virus that is moving beyond the West Africa sub region. He made this comment at the Lungi Airport last weekend prior to his departure for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. He said at the beginning, the international community was slow in their response even when the President of the country, Ernest Bai Koroma was appealing to them. “The first country that came to our aid was China sending protective gears late April. They did not stop, they were monitoring the system and they responded again on August 11th with a chartered [...]
With funds from the World Bank, UNICEF has procured and facilitated the delivery of 100 metric tons of essential drugs and equipment worth over $1.7 million for the treatment of Ebola affected patients in Sierra Leone. This is the second consignment in less than two weeks and it more than doubles the first supplies. The consignment arrived early Wednesday morning on a chartered cargo aircraft at Lungi International Airport. The supplies comprise essential drugs, chlorine and personal protective equipment that are urgently needed to fight the Ebola epidemic. “The surge in the supply of these essential drugs and equipment re-echoes the World Bank's commitment to the fight to eliminate Ebola. We are working closely with the Government to prevent the shortage of these crucial [...]
A catholic based non-governmental organisation; Caritas-Sierra Leone, has concluded an extensive Ebola sensitization programme at Goderich community, bringing together a total of eight of its neighbour communities in the Western Rural. As a way of executing the social mobilization pillar in the Ebola fight, the Christian organisation is keen in ensuring that misconceptions and doubts, which have clouded the fight against the scourge, need to be waived if ever the disease is to be combated. As a result, management of the organisation has gathered resources to enforce sensitization of key communities in the country on Ebola prevention and control. Caritas livelihood Manager and Co-facilitator, Idriss Mansaray, during yesterday's sensitization at Goderich community Centre, said [...]
Six Lessons from the Governance of Ebola in Kenema District As today marks 112th day in Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola, it is clear that the country is fighting a war where the enemy is gaining the upper hand. A national lockdown has been announced giving a 3-day sick holiday for people to stay home to welcome 22,000 volunteers on a house-to-house search for new cases, traces or remnants of the Ebola disease. GoSL is optimistic that more hidden Ebola cases will emerge and people will adopt more positive practices after the exercise. This brief draws on the experiences of Kenema district that has undergone a longer period of travel restriction to inform the state declared lockdown, so that it does not become a new disaster. The brief represents the views and experiences of [...]