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836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

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836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

By Communications Unit – Ministry of Energy

The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has symbolically  erected poles in readiness for the roll out of 836 poles in the Pujehun District. This is part of the  Seven Districts Headquarter town electrification project funded by the Government of Sierra Leone.

Chairman of the Energy Committee in Parliament, Hon. Kekura Vandi said the committee has been working closely with the Energy section and the engagement community stakeholders for

implementation of projects. He called on the citizens of Pujehun to support the electricity project.

Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prof. Francis Kaikai said the district has not had access to the power grid for a very long time and admonished all to embrace the project and own it for the development of the District.

A sub station and 14 transformers will be installed in the district. The contractor is Conceal Ltd, Engineer Taylor

President Bio Participates in a High-Level Virtual Dialogue on Leveraging Innovations and Technology for Food Systems Transformation in Africa

President Bio Participates in a High-Level Virtual Dialogue on Leveraging Innovations and Technology for Food Systems Transformation in Africa

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President  Bio Participates in a High-Level Virtual Dialogue on Leveraging Innovations and Technology for Food Systems Transformation in Africa  

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has participated in a high-level online meeting organised to identify ways to expand activities, financing and partnerships that will leverage innovation and technology to transform food systems in Africa.

Outcomes of the meeting, co-hosted by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and IFAD, with CGIAR and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, will be shared with the Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome in July and at the Food Systems Summit in October 2021.

The organisers argued that the COVID-19 pandemic was already impacting food security across Africa, “exasperating pre-existing impacts of climate change, rising fragility and conflict, and adverse events, such as locust invasions in East and Southern Africa. Africa must urgently strengthen its food systems as an integral part of efforts to recover from the pandemic and build resilience”.

President Bio opened his statement by recognising the input of colleague Excellencies and thanking Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank Group, Mr. Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President & CEO, Dangote Group and his friend, the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Executive Chairman, Institute for Global Change, for an enlightening opening session. 

He observed that shrinking economies all over the world and global supply chain disruptions had further aggravated foreign exchange constraints, adding that augmenting local food supplies was a challenge given the new reality.

“These disruptions, therefore, leave us with three key questions: a) How do we cope with pre-existing challenges in the agriculture sector especially given COVID-19 disruptions? b) How do we cope with food supply and nutritional deficits, c) How do we plan new investments that can make our food systems more robust and more resilient?

Over 1.4 Million Children to receive FREE Polio Marklate

Over 1.4 Million Children to receive FREE Polio Marklate

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Over 1.4 Million Children to receive FREE Polio Marklate

By Ibrahim Sorie Koroma

Health Education Officer-HED/MoHS

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with its partners will embark on a 2 rounds of reactive National Polio Vaccination campaigns in May and June, targeting over 1.4 million children 0-5 years of age. Round 1 will take place on Saturday 15th - Tuesday 18th May and round 2 is scheduled for Friday 11th - Monday 14th June this year. The campaign is a lifesaving intervention to protect children from poliomyelitis/polio virus thereby reducing morbidity and death in children.

The strategy of the campaign is house-to-house in which teams of health workers will go to households to vaccinate eligible children 0-5 years to protect them against polio. It is advisable for caregivers/mothers to endeavor to search for the teams in their communities where your house might have been missed or not visited. You can as well go to the nearest health facility for your child to receive the much needed FREE polio vaccine.

Ambassador Baryoh Holds Consultative Meeting With NGOs

Ambassador Baryoh Holds Consultative Meeting With NGOs

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Ambassador Baryoh Holds Consultative Meeting With NGOs

By Idrissa Hilton Gogra , Information Attach'e , Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Federal Republic of Germany

The Sierra Leone Ambassador Extra Ordinaire and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of  Germany, Dr.  M’Baimba L. Baryoh on Friday 30th April 2021  engaged in a virtual forum registered NGOs in Germany to map out collaborative strategies towards the Human Capital Development Goals of His Excellency the President Dr. Julius Maada Bio.

Ambassador Dr. Lamin M’Baimba Baryoh  said he was very impressed with the contributions made by all  to solve common challenges. “You are building schools and training centers, digging bore holes for pure drinking water, providing jobs for youth in Sierra Leone,” adding that  “the Bintumani Group for instance sends pediatric surgeons every year to perform free pediatric cases in the country and  the SHR Hochschule in Berlin signed an MOU with Fourah Bay College to improve standard of teaching.”

Girls aged 14 -24 years are at high risk of being infected with HIV than boys: says UNAIDS

Girls aged 14 -24 years are at high risk of being infected with HIV than boys: says UNAIDS

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Girls aged 14 -24 years are at high risk of being infected with HIV than boys: says UNAIDS

“Girls aged 14 -24 years are more likely to be infected with HIV than boys,” said the UNAIDS Country Representative in Sierra Leone. This was revealed during a day-one comprehensive validation on Breaking Down Barriers to Access (BDB) Initiative facilitated  by the National AIDS Secretariat. The workshop aimed at  scaling up comprehensive efforts in the national response to remove human rights-related barriers to services on HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria.

Country Representative of UNAIDS Mr Isaac Ahemesah said that  girls between the ages of 14 -24 years were three times more likely to be infected with HIV than boys. This, he said was because girls are mostly subjected to sexual base violence.

He said girls have limited access to education, employment and adequate chances for economy development which make them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Sierra Leone is one of the five countries that the Global Fund has chosen to consistently work with on Human Rights issues that are related to HIV, Tuberculosis  and Malaria. Sierra Leone was also among the sixteen countries that have been selected by the Global Partnership to stand against stigma and discrimination. A five years Human Rights Plan has been developed to help the country address the issues of stigmatization and discrimination relating to people with HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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