Sierra Leone / by Alistair Galloway

Sierra Leone’s electoral commission began registering voters for the March 2018 elections and are using biometric registration machines to allow registration to be secure and efficient. Sierra Leone’s ambassador to China resigned and highlighted the agreements signed between the two countries in December 2016 that will support cooperation in health, finance, and diplomacy. A 706-carat diamond was found in the Kono region in Sierra Leone and the government will hold a transparent auction for it and use the proceeds to benefit the community and country. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation officially received a mobile diagnostic laboratory from the United States (US), which is part of the US’ work to support Sierra Leone against future health crises. Lassa fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic illness, has been confirmed in Sierra Leone and other African countries. The Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus began a study to test potential vaccines for Ebola in February 2015 and recently expanded to Guinea and announced it will include Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s economy was reported to be struggling the most since the Ebola crisis. The International Monetary Fund completed a two-week visit to Sierra Leone and discussed an Extended Credit Facility arrangement, which helps countries with drawn- out balance of payment problems. KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, resumed flights to Sierra Leone after 21 years.