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The Ebola Crisis: Implications on Maternal and Child Health in Sierra Leone

2014-08-19 00:11:46

Commentary By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola, one of the emerging infectious diseases in the 20th century is causing misery in the Mano River Basin countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The disease is new in the sub-region and hence posing serious challenges in its management in the affected countries. The Ebola scourge will affect the economy of the state, communities and families; burying Sierra Leone as a country further deeply into poverty. There is the (...)Read the full story »

Sierra Leone Launches WMC Programme

14 April
According to a report by Liana Tepperman of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and the (...)

KPA Independence Anniversary Annual Dance

10 April
Koya Progressive Association Independence Anniversary Annual Fundraising Dance. With DJ Songo Train Grand Chief Patron His Excellency, Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Conteh, Sierra Leone Embassy, Washington DC, USA. All Proceeds Will Go to Scholarship Funds for School Children in Sierra Leone. April 12, 2014 9.00pm to 4.00am The Mirage Hall, 1401 University Blvd. East Hyattsville, MD 20853 Patrons: Single: $60.00 Double: $100.00 Please Patronize, Help Educate and Keep Our (...)

Tejan Kabbah: The Truth Will Set Salone Free

21 March
The Oswald Hanciles Column. By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. President Tejan Kabbah (photo) is being mourned by all the country. This Column has to do what is traditional in our country – extending my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the late President. But, this Column is bound to do what every self-respecting columnist ought to do: an objective analysis of such a historic event. President Kabbah was more than a ‘person’. Kabbah is (...)

Freetown: Pat Yulisa Amadu Maddy Passes On

21 March
By PV Staff One of Sierra Leone’s greatest writers and playwrights, Professor Yulisa Amadu Pat Maddy (photo), popularly known as Pat Maddy has passed away in Freetown, today Sunday March 16th. The news was announced on Facebook by Cillaty Dabo, a well-known Sierra Leonean community leader and Social Worker in Atlanta, USA. The late Professor Maddy had studied, lived and worked in several countries including France, UK, Nigeria, Zambia and the United States. He returned home not too (...)

Isa and Swarray Should Also be Reconciled

by Gibril Koroma - 19 March
Commentary The news that Political Affairs Minister Kemoh Sesay has resolved the acrimony and rancour between the President of the Sierra Leone Football (soccer) Association Isa Johansen (photo) is nothing but good news. Isa went unopposed as President last year when elections were held for the executives of the country’s highest soccer body. Her main opponent, soccer maestro Mohamed Kallon, was disqualified because he had spent very little time inside the country as an (...)

Freetown Mayor overwhelmed by corruption allegations

14 March
By Our Correspondent, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Franklyn Bode Gibson (photo), Freetown’s mild-mannered Mayor is currently overwhelmed by allegations of corruption coming from both electronic and print media. In fact most public officials in the country and some private business people are day in and day out accused of corruption, thievery and many other crimes by the country’s media. Some of the accusations may or may not be backed by evidence (either to protect sources or (...)

From the Ashes of War, Seeds of Peace

7 March
Op-Ed By Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General What was once the biggest United Nations peace operation in the world winds down this month, and the most extraordinary part of this historic development is that the last UN police officers are not the only ones departing the country – nationals from the once war- ravaged nation are donning blue helmets as they deploy to serve with the UN in other troubled parts of the world. Sierra Leone used to be synonymous with brutality. The savage, (...)

London Mining employees help refurbish Maforki Village School

7 March
Last Sunday, 16th February, a team of approximately 100 London Mining employees volunteered their time and energy towards the refurbishment of the Kulafai Rashiddeen Islamic Primary School, which is a 425 pupil school located in the Maforki Village of the Marampa Chiefdom. The volunteers tackled carpentry, masonry, metal works, painting and polishing; as well as fed 100 children from the village. “London Mining encourages its employees to engage in community initiatives; which is (...)

Freetown: BBN Counselling Centre Celebrates

5 March
The BBN Counselling Centre which was established two years ago as a walk-in counselling centre is a novelty in Sierra Leone. This Centre has alleviated the many psycho-social dilemmas facing Sierra Leonean society, according to a press release from the Centre. "On a personal scale, it is God sent to the 1000 clients who finally found a place to unravel the burning issues disturbing their peace of mind and discover solutions here," the release stated. The release added: “As we mark (...)

The Speaker as Parliamentarian: Repeal Section 77(1) (b)

3 March
Essay By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.* . Introduction In rethinking the judicial power under the current 1991 Constitution, I called for clarity and precision in the demarcation of the original and appellate jurisdiction of the courts, principally the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, so as to aid the public, Bar, and Bench in navigating the labyrinthine world of the law. Even though, as Alexander Hamilton confided in Federalist No.78, “The Judiciary, on the (...)

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EDITORIAL

What African Liberation Day and Emancipation Day Have in Common

Two Days, One People, One Destiny What African Liberation Day and Emancipation Day Have in Common By Charles Quist-Adade, PhD, Guest Writer, Vancouver, Canada. This summer saw the commemoration (...)

OPINION

Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)