Sierra Leone / by Alistair Galloway

Sierra Leone’s president attended the India-Africa Summit in Delhi. In Addis Ababa, Sierra Leone’s representative addressed the African Union about the Ebola outbreak. The Times of Israel newspaper caused upset in Sierra Leone after erroneously reporting Vice-President Sam-Sumana dead after surgery. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development was ordered to appear before the Finance Committee for failing to monitor and regulate non-governmental organizations in the country. On 23 October, the head of the Anti-Corruption Commission warned the Justice Department that the issue of bribery remains a major concern in Sierra Leone. The country has been rocked by disease scares – the relapse of British Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, along with unexplained deaths in the capital, Freetown, has raised new Ebola fears. Drug companies started Ebola vaccine trials in Sierra Leone on 9 October. Testing of a new vaccine for malaria in Sierra Leone has proved disappointing in clinical trials. However, a national vaccination campaign targeting under-5s has been widely successful. The national government has set up the Extractive Industry Revenue Unit, in an effort to boost mining revenue and combat fraud. The UK Department for International Development has ratified a deal with Sierra Leone and Nigeria to fast-track delivery of solar panels. Sierra Leone’s parliament ratified funding for large community development projects in rural areas.