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Sierra Leone

Western Area sees reduction in cholera cases UNICEF and WHO say it is ‘too early’ to scale back response
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2012 – Latest figures show a downward trend of the number of cholera patients in Sierra Leone, particularly in Western Area and the capital Freetown.

Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders.

European Union contributes € 6.6 million to help achieve the MDGs on reducing child mortality and improve maternal health in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 4th February 2011 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Office has provided €6.6 million to support UNICEF and the Government of Sierra Leone in achieving MDG5.

Sierra Leone reaches 1000 “Open Defecation Free” communities
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 4 February 2011 – Pewama village in the Kenema District has today been officially been counted as Sierra Leone’s 1000th community to be declared “Open Defecation Free” (ODF).

$7 million worth of medicines on their way for Sierra Leone’s Free Health Care Initiative
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19 March 2010 – Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of five in Sierra Leone will be the beneficiaries of $ 7 million worth of medicines and medical consumables.

300,000 children are out of school in Sierra Leone
Freetown, 18 August 2009 –The Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports (MEYS) in collaboration with UNICEF, today releases a report on the factors that keep children out of school in Sierra Leone.

UNICEF Regional Director hails the steady progress made in health and education in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 17 July 2009–Almost eight years after the end of the civil conflict, the new UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano visited Sierra Leone from 14th and 17th July 2009.

Japanese government partners with UNICEF to improve child and maternal health in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2 December 2009 - The Government of Japan will donate US$ 1.3 million for the ‘Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases’ in support of efforts by the Government and UNICEF to reduce child and maternal mortality.

UNICEF applauds the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s verdict on RUF’s child rights violations during the War
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 26 February 2009 – The UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Wednesday 25th February convicted three former commanders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Japan provides over $2.9 million to prevent and control infectious diseases in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 11 February 2009 -The Government of Japan has provided US$ 2.9 million for “the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases” in support of child and maternal mortality reduction strategies in Sierra Leone.

Waiving fees to boost access to essential maternal and newborn care in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 15 January 2009 - UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone talks about the state of maternal health in one of the riskiest place to give birth and how waiving user fees could improve access to essential maternal and newborn care.

Integrated Health Week in Sierra Leone aims at reducing inequities in access to healthcare
Freetown, 20th November 2008 – UNICEF and the Government undertake an integrated health week in all 13 districts nationwide aimed at preventing illness and deaths among the most vulnerable.

Media advisory: visit of the UNICEF Regional Director to Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 13 July 2009-The UNICEF Regional Director will visit Sierra Leone from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 July 2009 with special focus on enhancing child survival, development and protection and maternal health.



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