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Student Group NYUAAD Hosts 'Stitchin' Event for Sierra Leone

Includes an entry fee of $3 which will all be donated and attendees will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card. In response to the landslide in Sierra Leone earlier this year that resulted in over 500 casualties, the Association for African Development is hosting Stitchin' for a Cause,


Research Team Unlocks Secrets of Ebola

In a comprehensive and complex molecular study of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, published today (Nov. 16, 2017) in Cell Host & Microbe, a scientific team led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified signatures of Ebola virus disease that may aid in future treatment


5 Artists Explore The Impact Of The Sanitation Crisis On Women

Did you know that one in three women around the world don't have access to decent toilets? That's 1.1 billion women and girls who risk poor health, harassment - even attack - when waiting until nighttime to seek a private space to relieve themselves. Can you imagine being on your period, having diar


Scientists identify biomarkers that indicate likelihood of survival in infected patients

Health workers tend to a patient at one of Sierra Leone's military hospitals. Credit: Kawaoka lab, UW-Madison Scientists have identified a set of biomarkers that indicate which patients infected with the Ebola virus are most at risk of dying from the disease. The results come from scientists at t


'Everyone in Freetown Knows Cholera': Door-to-Door With Vaccine Teams in Sierra Leone

The teams wound down dirt paths, high-stepped through muddy slums, and climbed stairs cemented into lush hillsides. Never mind the lack of road signs and house numbers-they knew where they were going. They lived nearby. "How di body?" one would ask a neighbor. "Body fine," the person would reply.


Beating pneumonia in Sierra Leone

November 12th marked World Pneumonia Day. Save the Children has launched a global campaign to stop the disease in its tracks, with the publication of our flagship report Fighting for Breath. In a series of blogs, we take a close look at the challenges and successes of countries around the world in b


U.S. President's Malaria Initiative Expands To Sierra Leone

On Friday, November 17, Sierra Leone President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, and U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, formally launched the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) in Sierra Leone. "Today, we celebrate the new partnership between PMI and the Government of Sierra Leone. With the fi


Rural women explore new solutions to counter customs and poverty driving FGM crisis

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old. During the Ebola crisis of 201


Opinion: Putting communities at the center of disease prevention

Community members attend a briefing by a social mobilization team in Lester Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by: Martine Perret / U.N. In late August, a man travelling on a small, packed bus headed for the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, passed away suddenly of respiratory failure. His body was t


Welcoming Sierra Leone's OpenGov Fellows-Catalysts and Enablers of the Open Data movement in Sierra Leone

Source: OCVA It gives me immense excitement to announce that we finally have the first cohort of the Sierra Leone Open Government Fellows on-board! After months of a strenuous application process, under which we interviewed some of Salone's most outstanding change makers in the civic tech space, (fo


Sierra Leone: Ebola Virus Disease (Recovery) - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update n 8 (MDRSL005)

Since launch of emergency appeal operation, most of planned activities under outcomes of disaster risk reduction, livelihood, health, WATSAN and strengthen National Society have been implemented. The operational update seeks to extend the emergency appeal to 30 June 2018, to enable IFRC to support


Samoura stands FIFA solidly behind Johansen despite Sierra Leone corruption indictments

November 9 - The bitter in-fighting over who runs Sierra Leone football has taken a remarkable twist with FIFA intervening to overturn a decision by the country's national FA to remove Isha Johansen (pictured left) from her role as president - right in the middle of a court case in which she is char


Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud

Investigators suggest that Red Cross staff and Sierra Leonean bank employees are behind the missing money Updated: 10:08 AM PST Nov 8, 2017 Investigators suggest that Red Cross staff and Sierra Leonean bank employees are behind the missing money FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Fraud by Red Cross wor


Red Cross pilfered millions of ebola aid dollars

Red Cross staff stole almost $6 million from their organization's efforts against ebola, the organization acknowledged in a statement Friday. An internal investigation uncovered evidence that fraud was the cause of the disappearance of millions of Red Cross dollars in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and othe


If we can beat Ebola, why not sleeping sickness too?

The man sits on the edge of the bed, feet touching the floor but incapable of supporting his weight. He doesn't speak and his eyes stare vacantly ahead, despite the eight or ten people who have crowded in to see him. His mother stands nearby, beside herself with despair. He's had these symptoms for


How $6 Million to Fight Ebola Disappeared from the Red Cross

In 2014, Ebola tore through West Africa. The epidemic lasted more than two years, killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, and posed one of the most prominent global health challenges to the worldwide medical industry in many years. But at least $6 million meant to fight


Girls with no Name. The Book.

In Mabella, a crowded slum of Sierra Leone, we are talking to a group of 7 girls for a documentary. All of them are minors and already engaged in prostitution. We suggest to them that neither their real names nor their photos will be published. "No, we want to appear. We want the world to see us," t


New strategy launched to help tackle maternal, child deaths in sierra leone

FREETOWN, 6 November 2017 --- Today a new national five-year strategy and a policy for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) was launched in Sierra Leone, which aims to help reduce maternal and child deaths in the country. Sierra Leone currently has among the highest


Survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide fear for future as camps close

FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After losing her baby boy in the devastating mudslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, Aminata Kamara now fears that she could also be forced out of her home city when camps for survivors of August's deadly landslide close next week. Kamara was asleep


GALLERY: Students raise money for people suffering from flooding in Sierra Leone

The African Students' Association collaborated with fraternities and sororities to raise money for Freetown, Sierra Leone after the city experienced heavy flooding in August. African Students' Association (ASA) President Dara Adeosun and Vice President Olaniyi open the Banquet Dinner Saturday eveni