Sierra Leone

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 08.07.2015 | 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 25.06.2015 | 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...

Power Play: Empowering Women and Girls in Africa Through Football

Memuna Forna | Posted 15.06.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 Wor...

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.

Three Realities of Ebola

Mark Goldring | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

It's clear that when the outbreak is finally beaten, major challenges remain for people like Stephen and Mohamed, Edwin and Finda. The three West African countries hit by the crisis will still be desperately poor, with weak health and education services and limited opportunities.

Values in Action: Kate's Legacy and Our Role in the Ebola Crisis

Nick Thompson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Nick Thompson

Kate Gross, my friend and our founding CEO in AGI, died on Christmas day after a two year battle with cancer. Our last conversation was some weeks before, sitting in the November sun in Cambridge. She knew the chemo was coming to an end and we both knew what came next. But that wasn't what we talked about.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.

Women Are Being Failed in the Global Fight Against Ebola

Gavin Shuker | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Sadly, this is a cultural issue, not a medical one. Women's inferior status is brutally manifested in visibly higher infection rates, and analysts warn the knock-on effects of this deadly virus will also hit female family members hardest.

An Innovative Delevopment For Education in Sierra Leone

Becky Hopper | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

I for one, am particularly proud of what my friend has achieved and very excited about what it will mean for the children of Sierra Leone. Sam's work is a vital addition to all of the hard work already going on within the country to provide the next generation with the education they have a right to.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

Ebola Case Confirmed In Glasgow

PA | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

A female healthcare worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is in a stable condition in hospital in Glasgow. The pa...

When Ebola Hits Home

Adama Juldeh Munu | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Adama Juldeh Munu

I came across the story of a Sierra Leonean 8 year old boy whose father had died, most likely from Ebola, who called the national hotline in early November, and presumably is now the head of the household, overseeing five younger siblings.

Why We Share the Queen's Concerns About Malaria

James Whiting | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
James Whiting

As African leaders and our own Head of State rightly warn, we should not distract our attention and efforts from also fighting the one disease that has killed more children than any other in history (and a child every minute), malaria.

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

Ebola: What Can I Do to Help?

Nick Brewer | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Nick Brewer

I can't bring about a cure to Ebola. I don't have much to offer. I'm not a doctor. I'm not a millionaire. But I don't have to just stand by and watch. I could give from what I have. I'd encourage you to think, what do you have to give?