Saturday 21 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only a small part of the population in West Africa, but some women are participating in defiance of attitudes which dictate that being abused brings shame on the family, is a curse, or makes a woman...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. The world’s worst recorded Ebola outbreak ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2013 and 2016, killing about 11,300 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The viruses, which are often transmitted by rodents and bats, can cause fever, vomiting and bleeding, are often fatal. By mapping high risk areas, African nations can better...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) - A fiery Nigerian pastor who provoked religious sensibilities in Sierra Leone last week with a controversial sermon attacking Islam has been released on bail, Wednesday. Rev. Victor Ajisafe walked out of detention after surrendering all his legal papers, including passport, the Sierra Leone police said in a statement. Mr. Ajisaf was detained after audio and video of his sermon in which he mocked Islam and accused Muslims of terrorism surfaced on social media. The Nigerian born pastor who is married to a Sierra Leonean also in the sermon said the Islamic religion had no history in the country.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Daily Observer 09/18/17)
The cross-border security personnel of two countries known to be hubs for Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) have recommitted themselves to be more effective in the fight to prevent human trafficking. The border joint security of Liberia and Sierra Leone have also vowed to collaborate with the National Task Force on Human Trafficking from both countries, along with civil society organizations, to build an operative multi-lateral response to shutdown the networks of the TIPs, including when a victim is recruited by...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(Xinhuanet 09/09/17)
A monitoring system for infectious diseases in Sierra Leone has been completed by medical panels from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. As of the end of August, the system had been running smoothly for a year, the end of the trial period, said Zhang Shitao, president of the academy of military medical sciences of the PLA. Based on the 22 monitoring stations set up by the Sierra Leonean army, the system has handled over 8,000 cases since it...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(APA 09/07/17)
Sierra Leone’s Ombudsman has ruled against some students, who were challenging the decision of the country’s Law School not to admit them. In a report marking the conclusion of the five months of investigation, the Ombudsman found the administration of the Law School of Sierra Leone not wanting in the allegations levied against it by the group of 50 students, who were denied admission after completing their Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) with the hope of being called to the...
(APA 09/06/17)
The Sierra Leonean Government said on Tuesday that it was set to deploy an anti-Cholera vaccine as part of efforts to prevent a looming threat of the outbreak of infectious diseases in the aftermath of last month’s deadly mudslide and flooding disasters. Some 500, 000 people will benefit from the vaccine that will be administered orally in a mass Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign later this month. The August 14 flooding, which also led to a mudslide in Regent Village in...
(Daily Trust 09/04/17)
First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Limited and its subsidiaries, have initiated a fund-raising drive across its staff as part of the FirstBank Employee Volunteering Scheme, to provide humanitarian service to the victims of the mudslides and floods that devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. The initiative which is part of its commitment to drive the sustainable development of the communities in which it does business, will see staff members collectively render succour and hope to the needy and the...
(Dw-World 09/04/17)
Sierra Leone opposition leader Mohammed Kamarainba Mansaray's has seen his party office go up in flames, been arrested on several occasions and charged in court. Mohammed Kamarainba Mansaray is now considered by experts to be a major challenger to the ruling party, All People's Congress (APC). In the months since he announced his presidential candidacy for elections in March 2018, Mansaray has openly criticized incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma, who is not seeking a new term. Mansaray's outspokenness has earned...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Authorities in Guinea said Tuesday that they had found at least 19 bodies believed to have washed up from neighbouring Sierra Leone following catastrophic flooding and mudslides there. Some 500 people died and more than 800 were reported missing after the disaster that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on August 13-14, when heavy rains swept away everything in their path. Two weeks later, officials in Guinea said bodies had washed up as far away as the capital Conakry, some 250...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
CONAKRY (Reuters) - The bodies of 19 people thought to have perished in a mudslide in Sierra Leone more than a fortnight ago have washed up on Guinea’s shores, the government in Conakry said on Wednesday. The Aug. 14 mudslide at Freetown’s crowded Mount Sugar Loaf killed an estimated 500 people, but hundreds of others are still missing. Sporadic downpours have continued since, flooding parts of the coastal city and washing away more mud containing unrecovered human remains. “The bodies...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(The Associated Press 08/28/17)
More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone's capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader and a minister said Sunday during services honoring the disaster's victims. The government had earlier put the death toll for the Aug. 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while rescuers and aid groups warned that many of the more than 600 people missing would likely not survive. "Over 1,000 perished in the mudslide and flood disaster, and we...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take...
(Voice of America 08/25/17)
Patients who survive infection with the Ebola virus often continue to face numerous health problems. New research finds 80 percent of Ebola survivors suffer disabilities one year after being discharged from the hospital. Approximately 11,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak that hit West Africa from 2014 to 2016; tens of thousands more who were infected survived. Of those survivors, many battled vision problems and headaches that lasted for months. Researchers at the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School...

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