News & Analysis: Sierra Leone

Towards shock-responsive social protection: Lessons from the COVID-19 response in Sierra Leone

“In order to mitigate the immediate effects of the most stringent COVID-19 measures on the most vulnerable, the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) provided cash and in-kind support to 10,983 extremely poor persons with disabilities in two tranches to coincide with the two three-day lockdowns. The GoSL subsequently introduced two emergency cash transfer programmes to support other vulnerable households.”

via Maintains

African Cup qualifier canceled over disputed COVID-19 tests

“Benin refused to play a decisive African Cup of Nations qualifying game in Sierra Leone on Tuesday after disputing that five of its players had tested positive for COVID-19 just before kickoff and should be ruled out the match.”

via Associated Press

‘We clap if none die’: COVID-19 forces hard choices in Sierra Leone

“With medical resources diverted to the pandemic, years of progress in children’s healthcare are under threat.”

via The Guardian (UK)

President Bio gets first jab as Sierra Leone rolls out COVID-19 vaccination

“‘I cannot ask people to take the vaccine without taking it first,’ President Julius Maada Bio said.”

via The East African

Sierra Leone announces COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plans

“Speaking for the Ministry of Health about how the Coronavirus vaccines would be rolled out in the country, Dr Tom Sesay said that Sierra Leone has received 296,000 doses in total, of which 200,000 doses came from the People’s Republic of China and 96,000 doses from the Global COVAX facility.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

China donates 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Sierra Leone

“Ambassador Hu said he was pleased to be making the donation on behalf of his government and country, adding that the consignment of medical supplies is part of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to helping other countries manage the deadly Coronavirus.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Over 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Sierra Leone in three days

“Ten days ago, the government of Sierra Leone through the agency responsible for managing its COVID-19 response strategy – NACOVERC, announced new measures restricting the movement of people in the country, starting from Monday 25th January 2021, in response to the alarming rise in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases, especially in the capital Freetown since Christmas.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone re-imposes lockdown on Freetown as COVID-19 cases spike

“The authorities of Sierra Leone have announced a new lockdown of the capital Freetown and a night curfew throughout the country to counter the ‘exponential’ increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

via Africa News

China donates100,000 disposable masks for healthcare staff in Sierra Leone

“Following a request from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation in 2020 to meet the urgent needs of the country’s COVID-19 response, the UN has helped to arrange the shipment of one hundred thousand disposable face masks donated by Guo Kong Health Management Company Limited in China.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Mayor of Freetown: ‘Cities need inclusive COVID-19 responses to build back stronger. But we can’t do it alone.’

“95% of Covid-19 cases are reported in urban areas. That puts cities on the frontlines of a global public health crisis that is widening the gap between those with the comfort and safety of a home and those forced to leave their homes behind.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation News