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13 Dec 2016 description
report The Global Fund

The remote health post in Koribondo has no electricity, the sole midwife rushes from one pregnant woman to another, and nurses use buckets to fetch water from a nearby well. On a rainy afternoon, dozens of mothers waited under a leaky roof to get themselves and their babies tested for malaria. Many had walked for hours on dirt paths to reach the clinic. The motorcycle ambulance, meanwhile, sat idle. There was no fuel for it.

07 Nov 2016 description

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 11:50 GMT

While most families devastated by Ebola have received humanitarian aid, at least 1,400 children orphaned by the epidemic urgently need support

02 Nov 2016 description

In conflict situations, such as those in Afghanistan and Somalia, simple communication technologies can help researchers and humanitarian organisations collect more accurate data on the effects of humanitarian aid. Electronic surveys taken with smartphones, for example, can automatically assess collected data and prevent implausible responses from being entered. This toolkit weighs the benefits – and the risks – of technology used in aid and development.

14 Sep 2016 description

Maternal deaths were on the decline in Sierra Leone until 2013 - having halved since 1990 - then Ebola struck

By Kieran Guilbert

FREETOWN, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rushing from one pregnant woman to another in the antenatal ward of Sierra Leone's main maternity hospital, Josephine Powells, a midwifery student, is all too aware of the danger facing the dozens of expecting mothers under her care.

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31 Aug 2016 description
report The Global Fund
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The Opportunity

18 May 2016 description

At the height of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone turned to mobile wallets to make fast, accurate, and secure payments to Response Workers. Before digitization, cash payments were slow, inaccurate, and open to graft and theft.

Digitization cut payment times from over one month to around one week, putting an end to payment-related strikes. In doing so, digital payments strengthened Sierra Leone’s capacity to contain the Ebola disease, treat those infected, and ultimately save lives.

12 May 2016 description

by Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 12 May 2016 18:00 GMT

LONDON, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reconciliation programmes to bring together communities divided by conflict can re-open old wounds and deepen problems such as depression and trauma by reviving war memories, researchers said on Thursday.

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22 Feb 2016 description
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Vienna, Austria, February 22, 2016. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed new public sector loan and grant agreements totaling over US$60m to help boost socio-economic development in nine partner countries. The agreements were signed by OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and high-ranking officials of the beneficiary countries, including HE Amara M. Konneh, Minister, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of Liberia; and HE Mubin Mirzaev, Deputy Minister of Finance of Uzbekistan.

02 Feb 2016 description
report International SOS

Posted 28 January: The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) has reported that two people suspected to have Ebola in the southern district of Pujehun were detected on 27 January. No further information is available on whether these two people are contacts in the recent cluster.

29 Jan 2016 description
report International SOS

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has reported that two people suspected to have Ebola in the southern district of Pujehun were detected on 27 January. No further information is available on whether these two people are contacts in the recent cluster.

01 Jan 2016 description
report Salesian Missions

By Issa Davies

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 29 December 2015 – Marie Tarawally disembarks slowly from the motorbike taxi, holding baby Yusufu. The two have travelled seven miles along the dusty roads that connect their village, Robuya, to Pate Bana Marank community health centre, in Bombali district, northern Sierra Leone.

29 Dec 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:01 GMT

Author: Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There's one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

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11 Dec 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, December 11, 2015. Over 24 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 153rd Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amount to nearly US$154m and comprise the following: See complete table

Grant funding totaling US$3.36m was also approved for the following projects/programs:

03 Dec 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions in Madrid, Spain recently released a report titled, Right to Protection of Children in Sierra Leone, that detailed a number of child rights violations that have been occurring in the country in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. According to the report, youth are dealing with the devastating repercussions of Ebola including forced child labor, child abuse and more than 12,000 children who have been left orphaned.

22 Nov 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions joins the United Nations and other organizations around the globe in recognizing Universal Children’s Day. Celebrated each year on November 20, the day was established in 1954 to promote international togetherness and awareness on children’s issues worldwide. It also marks the day on which the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child was held in 1989.

03 Nov 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) In 2014, Don Bosco Fambul, a leading educational and vocational organization that serves disadvantaged youth in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in collaboration with Catholic Caritas and Sierra Leone Prisons Service, launched the Legal Support Project with the intention of helping the most disadvantaged inmates incarcerated at Pademba Road Prison in Freetown. The project provides legal representation for poor inmates who would otherwise be unable to access legal services to ensure their rights are upheld.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Fambul, located in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, is one of the country’s leading child-welfare organizations and has been on the forefront of efforts to help prevent Ebola in local communities and provide care for children left orphaned. Since 2010, the organization has provided a countrywide phone counseling service.