Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leonean Fashion Designer Who Is Helping Children Play Their Way Out of Poverty

Memuna Forna | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Style
Memuna Forna

In Sierra Leone, fashion designer Jenneh Mason is best known for frocks and fashion shows. She also dreams of public playgrounds, lots of them, dotted all across the country bringing safe places to play for children who are unlikely to have ever seen one, imagined one or even understand the concept of safe play.

Celebrating UN Peacekeepers

Baroness Anelay | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

There may be obstacles on the way to reaching our peacekeeping goals, but we are more committed and determined than ever to overcome them in order to ensure peacekeeping delivers for the UK and the wider world.

My Country Cannot Become a Safe Haven for the Deadly Virus of Corruption

Isha Johansen | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Sport
Isha Johansen

It is in all our interests to find a cure for corruption in sports and in the wider world. If we fail to act as decisively as we need to, we will watch as it spreads, infects and destroys like a deadly virus.

Ebola's Gone but Sierra Leone's Health System Is on Its Knees

Heenali Patel | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Heenali Patel

The rows of white tents that used to house patients at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the Moyamba District of Sierra Leone have been disinfected and taken away, and the smell of smoke and chlorine that once filled the dusty air has faded... This time last year, the centre was on the frontline of the fight against Ebola.

Over 90 Million Reasons Why UK Aid Works to Save Lives

Cath Nixon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Cath Nixon

If you have seen the Mail on Sunday's petition to scrap the UK's promise to the poorest people in the world, or even much of the other anti-aid covera...

Ebola and Civil War Has Left Sierra Leone Bruised - But Far From Broken

James Cleverly | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Politics
James Cleverly

At the start of the month I returned to Sierra Leone after more than two decades away. As the country of my mother's birth, I spent a lot of time there as a child and my memories centred around the people, their energy and enthusiasm. The civil war and Ebola have undeniably taken their toll on these things in my absence, it certainly hasn't destroyed them.

Ebola's Legacy Is Still Deadly for Mums and Babies in West Africa

Jo Lehmann | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Jo Lehmann

Ebola no longer makes the headlines, driven out by news of Zika virus and the crisis in Syria. But the terrible legacy of Ebola persists in West Africa, for the survivors who suffer stigma and fear long-term complications, and for all of those who are vulnerable and in need of healthcare at a time when the health system has been brought to its knees.

African Businesses Will Be Shut Out by Increased Schengen Border Restrictions

Memuna Forna | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Memuna Forna

Schengen in on life support and West African manufacturers should pay close attention. They are already convinced they won't be able to compete with the cheaper, better quality imports, which will be the inevitable result of a forthcoming EU/Africa free trade agreement. For most, exporting to Europe is a distant dream anyway. Increased border restrictions will make it even more unlikely.

It's Not Over Till D' Belly Woman Sing: The Public Health Emergency Will Last Long After Ebola

Dr Benjamin Black | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Dr Benjamin Black

She survived Ebola, and she survived childbirth. That makes her one of the lucky ones. Sierra Leone was already the most dangerous country in the world to give birth even before the scourge of Ebola came to pass.

Stigma Remains as Sierra Leone Begins Road To Recovery

Larissa Schneider | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Larissa Schneider

"Our challenge was really to educate the communities when it comes to hygiene practices, to help prevent further spread of Ebola", says Bob. "I think it was a real eye-opener for everybody involved.

Mariatu's Smile Tells Us That the Ebola Epidemic Is Over, But Her Eyes Reveal That the Crisis Isn't

Molly Hodson | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK
Molly Hodson

Twelve year-old Mariatu has a beautiful smile. But she doesn't smile often. Her 15 year-old brother Mohammed doesn't smile at all. They are kind and polite as they talk to me before heading to their school which has now reopened; but they carry sadness in their eyes...

Life In Sierra Leone After Ebola

Anna Foster | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Anna Foster

As communities begin to deal with the psychological scars of losing their loved ones in such a brutal way, there's another very real issue facing Sierra Leone. Nearly 4,000 people died in this outbreak, but thousands more who caught Ebola fought it hard enough to survive.

Athlete Who Ended Up Begging On London's Streets Loses Fight To Stay In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Sport

One of Sierra Leone's best sprinters, who went missing after competing in last year’s Commonwealth Games, has lost his bid to stay in the UK. Jim...

Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Sierra Leone's Latest Ebola Outbreak

David Bull | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The 49 households that make up Massesebe were under lockdown after a man who had travelled to the village from Freetown for the Eid celebrations, died of Ebola. This was the first Ebola case in Tonkolili District in five months. 498 people, including 101 children under five, were quarantined in the village and two people confirmed as being Ebola positive.

Moving Beyond UK Aid to Improve Health in Sierra Leone

Martin Drewry | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Martin Drewry

The relationship between the UK and Sierra Leone is both historic and complex. It stretches back centuries - encompassing colonialism, and UK intervention in the civil war. Today the ties between the two countries remain strong - and not always in the ways most visible on the surface.

Are There Some Positive Lessons From the Ebola Crisis?

Nick Thompson | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Nick Thompson

On 10 July the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will meet at the United Nations with the major development agencies to come up with a p...

Power Play: Empowering Women and Girls in Africa Through Football

Memuna Forna | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Sport
Memuna Forna

Nothing creates a desire for empowerment, success or achievement than the experience of it and the more football gives African women and girls that opportunity, the more it can help to bring about positive change in a society where women have been discriminated against for many years.

My Visit to Sierra Leone on the Eve of Ebola

Angela Rippon | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Angela Rippon

In November, Sierra Leone was reporting 550 new cases of ebola every week. Today the number has slowed to seven new cases a week. Just a few weeks ago, the schools reopened. But there is still a long road ahead for Sierra Leone, and the brave women of West Africa who have already endured so much. I hope that next spring these tragic times will all be in the past, and Sierra Leone's future will once again look bright.

My Experience as an Ebola Responder

One Young World | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
One Young World

This piece is by Dr. Freeman Osonuga. Freeman is a One Young World Ambassador from Nigeria. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Heal The World...

Why Sierra Leone's Ebola Orphans Are Not Victims

PJ Cole | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
PJ Cole

It was the vision and commitment of my father and those who worked with him, however, that transformed so many child soldiers into community leaders. We need to make that choice again today - to invest in young people, seeing them as leaders of the future.

British Military Healthcare Worker Has Ebola

PA | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK

A UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola. Public Health England (PHE) said the worker is being assessed by medica...

Ebola: A Turning Point?

Mark Goldring | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam is in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the long haul. We're continuing to work with communities to build understanding of Ebola treatment and how to stay healthy, providing financial support to help families get back on their feet, and helping them guard against infectious diseases by equipping schools and clinics with clean water and sanitation.

If You Ignored A Beggar In London Recently, It May Have Been Sierra Leone's Top Sprinter

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK

Sierra Leone's top sprinter, who went missing after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been arrested after being found living rough in...

Ebola - Not Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Saleh Saeed | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

Following my visit, I found that the amazing resilience of the local communities, working alongside truly heroic overseas medical staff and aid workers, had left an overwhelming impression on me. It is thanks to each one of them that Ebola has not reached our shores this time around. But, if the immense poverty in countries like Sierra Leone persists then there is no saying when the next outbreak of Ebola - or something equally horrific - will occur.

Ebola: Let's Remember the People at the Heart of the Outbreak

Dr Gina Radford | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Dr Gina Radford

When I receive a call that someone has had a terminal diagnosis, or the organist has flu, or what am I going to do about dog fouling in the churchyard - I am, again, reminded that life is not just about facts and figures - it's about experiences, hopes, and concerns.