2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
Mining company Sierra Rutile and its largest investor Pala have made a second donation of one billion Leones to the Government of Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola outbreak. This brings the total amount donated by Sierra Rutile to the Ebola Response both nationally and locally, in cash and in kind, to well over two billion Leones (over $400,000).
Mr John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile, said that Sierra Rutile was making this additional contribution of one billion Leones to support government work in eradicating the outbreak, and to provide additional help for the increasing number of children orphaned by the virus in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has concluded a nationwide training for radio broadcasters on reporting issues around Ebola. A total of 275 broadcasters, drawn from almost all radio stations in the Western Area, Northern, Southern and Eastern Regions of the country, attended the trainings in their respective regions.
The training started in Freetown on November 11 and concluded in the eastern regional headquarter town of Kenema on 20th November.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provided funding for the exercise.
TRIBUTE TO THE CHIEF MEDICAL SURGEON OF THE UNITED METHODIST HOSPITAL: DR MARTIN SALIA OF SIERRA LEONE
Once again, the somber valleys and hills of Sierra Leone are echoing the hallowed cry of grief and sadness for the passing of a national hero, Dr. Martin Salia, who tragically lost the battle against the deadly Ebola Virus at the Nebraska Medical center in the United States of America on November 17, 2014. Despite every effort to save his precious life and in the midst of the world’s best equipped medical isolation unit with experienced Surgeons in the world, he could not survive the journey of hope he so eagerly wish to see for his beloved Sierra Leone.
Dr. Martin Salia’s death marked a new turning point against the fight of the Ebola virus – that early intervention is so critical to the chances of survival. His message to every Sierra Leonean is one of doing the most good for the absolute welfare of our nation: Dr. Salia also summoned us to heed to our sacred callings and to know that we are the vessels of the Almighty God. “I firmly believe that God wanted me to do it.” He said. “I knew deep within myself, there was just something inside of me, that the people of this part of Freetown needed help.” Such moral inspirations reaffirmed the brave heart and the indelible spirit of compassion that Dr. Salia represented in every human imagination.
At first, many thought Ebola was just the government’s business, and how it goes about resolving it is their talk. Some paid little heed to the menace that all of a sudden came to wreck us beyond repair.
Then all of a sudden again the truth dawned on us – was it with the death of Dr. Omar Khan? – We were caught off guard, like having all your clothes stolen while you’re in your bathroom.
The replay of it is unwholesome viewing at the moment but, in the end, the rest of the world turned up with help, albeit slowly. And then the businesses started following suit – we started having a long queue of donors towards the fight against Ebola. The donation queue is still long by the way.
EduNations, a United States based nonprofit organization devoted to building schools, infrastructure and a future for the forgotten children across the continent of Africa Sierra Leone inclusive, has stepped in robustly to bolster efforts in ameliorating the plights of persons caught up in quarantined homes and holding centers.
In an interview with Samuel Sesay, EduNations’ Country Director in Sierra Leone, he explained that the organization has various pre/primary and junior secondary schools in different parts of the country including Rokassa in Port Loko district, Mabum Station in Tonkolili district, Mapainda, Mayatta and Fintonia in Bombali district, and Gbenekoro in Koinadugu district.
Mr. Sesay said EduNations’ schools are not only built and staffed by the organization, but pays competitive monthly salaries to all staff timely and provides learning/teaching materials for both teachers and pupils. No fee is paid by the pupils and uniform is provided annually to each free of cost, Mr. Sesay added.
Stigmatization, fear and rejection in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone: “I’ve lost all my customers; they’re not calling me anymore.”
A 30 year-old electrician whose family was recently quarantined complains about the devastating socio-economic impact the Ebola outbreak has had on him and his family.
“Things are difficult because I don’t earn money anymore; my services as an electrician are no longer needed by my numerous customers,” says Sulaiman Sankoh.
Stigmatization, fear and rejection have been the deadly combination that has hampered the containment of the disease in Sierra Leone, one of the three Mano River Union (MRU) West African countries hardly hit by the epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there have been more than 14, 000 Ebola cases and more than 5,100 deaths since the epidemic broke out early this year. In Sierra Leone in particular the figures are not encouraging either, according to daily reports released by the National Ebola Response Center (NERC).
Friday 21st November 2014 marked a memorable day in Koidu City – Kono District, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone as President Koroma commissioned electricity in the City which made the people happy. It could be recalled that Kono had been in darkness since 1995 marking 19 years of blackout.
Briefing the President before commissioning, the Minister of Energy – Ambassador Henry Macauley stated that the 2 MW generator is serving the township out of which the Ministry through the National Power Authority (NPA) has connected about 1,000 customers in Koidu town and is striving to connect more on prepaid meters.