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13 Dec 2012 description
report Save the Children

No child should be denied their right to immunisation – but millions still are

One child in five misses out on basic vaccinations.

Immunisation for All identifies country-level strategies to reach the unreached. And it identifies factors at the global level that will help to create a more conducive environment for countries to achieve and sustain universal immunisation coverage.

30 Nov 2012 description

By Sonia Lowman, Communications Officer

“I didn’t choose this. I think it chose me,” says Sierra Leone’s top—and, until very recently, only—fistula repair surgeon, Dr. Alyona Lewis.

19 Nov 2012 description

Up to ¾ of maternal deaths could be avoided by enabling access to emergency obstetric care, says MSF

Mothers’ lives can be saved for less than the cost of a loaf of supermarket bread

London, 19 November, 2012 – Up to 74 percent of women’s deaths during childbirth could be averted by providing ambulances and 24-hour emergency obstetric care, according to encouraging new research in Sierra Leone and Burundi by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

16 Nov 2012 description


05 Nov 2012 description

A recent CIGI paper described peacekeeping as the United Nations’ most visible raison d’être — soldiers in blue helmets are a frequent and now very identifiable symbol in global security. Less attention has been given to the important, yet challenging, work done by non-state actors, member states and the UN Secretariat in the area of peacebuilding. To learn more about this essential and evolving element of national, regional and international security and human development, we speak to Timothy Donais.

31 Oct 2012 description

In the run-up to the Presidential, Parliamentary and local elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November 2012, Amnesty International calls upon election monitors and observers to give human rights monitoring a central place in their mandates.

17 Oct 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) - Governments should take a more radical approach to helping the tens of millions of people uprooted by conflicts and disasters, including granting new forms of citizenship, the Red Cross and Red Crescent says.

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11 Oct 2012 description
Background Facts and Key Findings
Fact Sheet: Africa
Fact Sheet: Asia
Case Study: Sierra Leone
Case Study: Tanzania

The 2012 GHI report focuses particularly on the issue of how to ensure sustainable food security under conditions of water, land, and energy stress. Demographic changes, rising incomes and associated consumption patterns, and climate change, alongside persistent poverty and inadequate policies and institutions, are all placing serious pressure on natural resources.

01 Oct 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

October 1, 2012—Any observer could be forgiven for feeling the West African nation of Sierra Leone has suffered quite enough. It has endured a devastating 12-year civil war, many decades of serious land degradation, the grabbing of its mineral wealth by other countries, and copes still with the endemic presence of malaria, which causes three-quarters of all the country’s infant deaths.

On top of all this misfortune, though, Sierra Leone has been additionally challenged in 2012 by an outbreak of cholera of well-nigh epidemic proportions.

21 Sep 2012 description

On the occasion of the celebration of the International day of Peace, 21st September 2012; in light of the sustenance of the African Union Make Peace Happen Campaign (MPHC) which was launched in 2010 as well as the marking of 2012 as the AU decade of operation; in continued performance of our responsibility as the Civil Society Partner to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the operationalization of the ECOWAS Early Warming Mechanism and in recognition of our vital role as a member of the Peace and Security Cluster of the AU ECOSOCC and the West Africa Initiator and …

20 Sep 2012 description
Executive Summary

Women make peace but men negotiate it

A new report from ActionAid, IDS, and Womankind looks at the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives, finding that women are more likely than men to adopt a broad definition of peace which includes the household level and focuses on the attainment of individual rights and freedoms such as education, healthcare and freedom from violence.

In contrast, men have a greater tendency to associate peace with the absence of formal conflict and the stability of formal structures such as governance and infrastructure.

17 Sep 2012 description
report Tearfund

Fatalities caused by cholera and diarrhoea in Sierra Leone have been slashed as a result of the contribution of a two-year Tearfund sanitation programme.

The village of Sarhun in Pujehun state is one of 20 communities which are being transformed due to the work of our partner, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL).

17 Sep 2012 description
report Islamic Relief

As many as 20 million people are facing chronic food shortages across the Sahel region of West Africa - some of whom are on the brink of starvation. Resilience has been debilitated in West Africa due to cyclical droughts, poverty, desertification, political conflict and insufficient food production - and with climate change things are only set to get worse.

13 Sep 2012 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 13, 2012 – An emergency shipment of medical aid has arrived in Sierra Leone for the cholera epidemic that has already sickened 17,000 people and left more than 250 dead. The shipment contains enough oral rehydration solution, intravenous fluids, antibiotics, syringes, and other medical supplies to treat up to 15,000 patients at Ministry of Health and Sanitation cholera treatment centers in six districts. AmeriCares is also equipping the facilities with cholera cots and other supplies.

11 Sep 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Julie Mollins

LONDON (AlertNet) - Poor road networks and heavy rains are limiting the ability of aid workers to accelerate the fight against a severe cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone, which has claimed the lives of at least 250 people and infected more than 15,000, according to charity ChildFund International.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

07 Sep 2012 description
report Oxfam

L’ONG internationale Oxfam et le principal réseau régional de producteurs ROPPA ont accueilli favorablement les conclusions de la réunion du PREGEC annonçant des perspectives de récoltes améliorées dans la région du Sahel. Cependant, ces organisations rappellent aux gouvernements et à l'ONU que la crise est loin d'être terminée et qu’une augmentation de l'aide est encore nécessaire pour aider les agriculteurs et les éleveurs à surmonter le triple défi des sécheresses récurrentes, de la pauvreté persistante et de l'instabilité socio-politique.

07 Sep 2012 description

On n’avait pas vu de tels chiffres depuis dix-sept ans en Sierra Leone : 15 308 cas de contamination recensés début septembre. Depuis 6 ans, l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sont en sursit permanent : les épidémies de choléra se multiplient sur le continent, entrainant avec elles leurs millions de morts chaque année. Meurtrière mais aussi extrêmement rapide, l’épidémie est la première cause d’intervention d’urgence chez Action contre la Faim, au même titre que les catastrophes naturelles.

06 Sep 2012 description

On June 27, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II shook the hand of Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander, symbolically solidifying the long peace process that had sought to resolve the Troubles of Northern Ireland. This historic gesture illustrates that even the most ideologically heated and intractable conflicts can be resolved.

06 Sep 2012 description
report CARE

More than four million people are potentially at risk of contracting cholera in Sierra Leone as the number of incidences continues to rise.

This latest outbreak is the biggest cholera epidemic to affect the country since 2007. To date, nearly 14,000 people, including over 3,000 children in the West African country have been diagnosed with the disease with 232 deaths reported.

Cholera, which can kill in hours, is mainly transmitted through contaminated water sources and food and is closely linked to poor sanitation.