Sierra Leone makes inroads over Polio but challenges remain

By Kemo Cham

Official figures are yet to come out but health authorities are hopeful that the latest mass polio immunisation campaign in Sierra Leone will break new grounds in terms of coverage.

The exercise which lasted from 24 to 27 March is this year’s second mass vaccination against the virus that causes poliomyelitis [Polio], a debilitating disease that leads to paralysis and deaths.

Sierra Leone drops in Human Development

By Kemo Cham

Sierra Leone has been ranked amongst the worst performers in the 2016 Global Human Development Report (GHDR), notably falling three places from the previous year in the Human Development Index (HDI).

The country declined from 176 in 2014 to 179 in 2015, among 188 countries and territories ranked in the HDI, according to the report which is published by the United Nations Development Program.

Sierra Leone government urged to show commitment to electoral process

By Kemo Cham
A civil society umbrella group has urged the Sierra Leone government to demonstrate commitment to the country’s electoral process amidst concern of a possible delay in next year’s much anticipated poll.
The Standing Together for Democracy Consortium (STDC), which is monitoring the electoral process, says the government should ensure timely and adequate support to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to enable it roll out its activities in line with the Electoral calendar.

Sierra Leone sacks House Majority Leader

By Kemo Cham

The governing All People’s Congress (APC) party of Sierra Leone has sacked its leader in parliament in a move attributed to his presidential ambition.

After three years in post, the House Majority Leader, Ibrahim Bundu, MP, was replaced on Wednesday by his deputy, Leonard Fofanah, sources in parliament said.

"Trafficked" Sierra Leonean kids found in Liberia

By Kemo Cham
The Sierra Leone embassy in Monrovia says two children allegedly trafficked to Liberia after going missing from a government Safe House have been found.

The children, the subject of a cross-border trafficking investigation, were reported missing early this month. The home, which is operated by the Liberian Ministry of Children and Social Protection, provides temporary shelter for children in distressful situations such as domestic violence, rape and other sexual and gender-based violence, as well as those trafficked.

KLM is back in Sierra Leone after 20 years

By Mohamed T Massaquoi

The Dutch airline – KLM – has resumed flights to Freetown after a break of 20 years.

Its maiden flight landed at the Freetown International Airport at Lungi at 8:00 PM on Sunday 26 March with 110 passengers on board, among them the KLM West Africa Director, Philippe Barbieri.

Low diagnosis hinders TB control efforts in Sierra Leone

By Kemo Cham
Delay in diagnosis and stigma remain the two major factors hindering efforts to control tuberculosis (TB), medical authorities and campaigners say, amid calls for renewed efforts to mobilise against the deadly bacterial disease.
The Ministry of Health and partners say stigmatisation has forced many TB patients to go underground, and sending suspected cases into hiding and refusing to come forward to seek treatment. Consequently, there is a huge number of missing TB cases out there.