Sierra Leone / by Lewis McKinnon

The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia met to discuss how to better cooperate to end Ebola in their respective countries. The Minister of Finance spoke out on how important collaboration between nations is when dealing with a global crisis. He also highlighted how instrumental digital payments were during the Ebola outbreak. They allowed workers to be paid on time and decreased fraud. Alie Kabba announced his candidacy for Sierra Leone’s People’s party’s presidential flagbearership joining nine other candidates. The Assistant Inspector General of Police launched the Community Safety Volunteers scheme to complement police work in Kenema to increase security. UNICEF released an update on its European Union (EU) supported training of health workers. Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world and UNICEF is attempting to improve that. It was reported that some of the final cases of Ebola were transmitted sexually or through breast milk. This is important for health workers to know because being aware of these unconventional transmissions will help in preparedness for another outbreak or security concern. The second annual Invest Sierra Leone conference was held. The conference was created in response to the negative economic impact the Ebola crisis had on Sierra Leone. The Energy Revolution programme was launched, which encourages communities to utilise renewable energy, especially solar power. New infrastructure projects were announced including a road that will connect Sierra Leone and Liberia. These come in the wake of great criticism against the government’s agenda. Many people are upset that time and energy is spent on infrastructure when basic needs like access to clean drinking water, electricity, and health care are not being met