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7th Jun 2017

Bed net distribution ongoing

4.3 million bed nets are being distributed to homes around the country from the 1st to the 10th of June. Vitamin A capsules and deworming tablets will also be given to children in the various communities.
5th Jun 2017

Improving nutritional status of women and children

The Government and People of Japan, World Food Program (WFP) in collaboration with UNICEF, Community Action for the Welfare of Children, and other partners are supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) in children aged 6-59 months, and in pregnant and lactating women (PLW).
19th May 2017

Deputy Health Minister Opens SLNA 2017 Annual Conference In Kenema

Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II, Madam Zuliatu Cooper has officially opened a four-day 2017 Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA) on Thursday May 11, 2017 at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall in Kenema.
18th May 2017

Parliament Approves CHOs Act

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Thursday, 11th May, 2017, enacted the long awaited Community Health Practitioners Act 2016, a private member Bill drafted by Honorable Mohamed L. Mansaray of constituency 047, Koinadugu district.

Press Releases

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04th Jul 2017

PRESS RELEASE : Investing in family planning is key to saving women’s lives in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 4 July 2017 – Investing in family planning was the main theme that ran throughout the satellite event held today in the run up to World Population Day, which is celebrated on 11 July every year. The celebratory event organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, highlighted that investing in family planning is investing in the health and rights of women and couples worldwide.
19th Nov 2014

We mustn’t forget other essential health services during the Ebola crisis

Dealing with the Ebola outbreak and mitigating further effects must not be at the cost of other essential health services. In Sierra Leone, for example, at least 2,400 pregnant women were at risk of dying each year before the outbreak of Ebola. In addition, women are more vulnerable to the consequences of Ebola infection—two different studies suggest that pregnant women have a higher risk of mortality than non-pregnant women and that their newborn babies have a lower chance of survival.
13th Nov 2014

Response to Editorial: Ebola in an unprepared Africa

This rapid response to the BMJ Editorial draws attention for the need to support Governments in West Africa to meet their obligations to as outlined in the International Health Regulations (2005); which provides a legally-binding framework for coordinating public health emergencies of potential international concern such as the Ebola outbreak.