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22nd Mar 2017

‘Gladi Gladi’ at Aberdeen Women’s Centre

Staff and patients at Aberdeen Women’s Centre took part in their first ‘gladi gladi’ celebration for 2017 this past Friday. The occasion was a moment to celebrate the hard work, resilience and achievements of the staff and patients at the Centre. The fistula repair surgeries have taken place. The rehabilitation period is over and the women are free to be discharged from Aberdeen Women’s Centre and re-join their communities.
22nd Mar 2017

Infection prevention and control gets boost

Three Northern Districts Health Management Teams and communities in Koinadugu, Bombali, and Tonkolili are beneficiaries of additional water facilities, training of community health workers and feeder roads rehabilitation.
17th Mar 2017

Equipment delivered to hospitals

Conditions and equipment at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Ola During Children’s Hospital, at Fourah Bay Road, are deplorable. Beds are old. Equipment is sometimes non-existent. Bed linens are threadbare. Wheelchairs are dilapidated. Trays and trolleys are rusted and wasting. Nurses, doctors and patients have been complaining for years. One in eight women die during pregnancy.
16th Mar 2017

Immunization results staggeringly positive

The National Immunization Days campaign was a huge success. More than a million and a half children 0 – 5-years were immunized for polio. According to Dr. Mariama Murray, Programme Manager for Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), 98.9% of children under five were immunized. During February 24-27th, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other partners conducted a National Polio Campaign, targeting all children 0-59 months.

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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.