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African post-2015 dialogue launched with call for governance to build global transformational change

MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA, 12 October 2012 - As part of the global United Nations-led post-2015 development agenda consultations, the first in a series of dialogues on governance, including accountability by governments, concluded in South Africa today.

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Sierra Leone Launches Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan

Sierra Leone launched its National Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan at the commemoration of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2012. The documents and the commemoration were launched by the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma in a function attended by government functionaries and non-state actors including UN agencies and other development partners, mental health advocates, the civil society and the media.

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Sierra Leone Adopts Scaling Up Nutrition Initiative

Sierra Leone launched the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Initiative on 2 October 2012 in Freetown. The event was launched by the Vice President (VP) of the republic, Chief Samuel Sam Sumana on behalf of His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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Ministry of Health Concludes Cholera Case management Training of Trainers Workshop

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) conducted diarrhoeal diseases, including cholera Case Management Training of Trainers workshop in Freetown from 25-28 September 2012 as part of the scaling up response to cholera outbreak. The purpose of the intensive training was to build capacity of district supervisors and trainers from all the districts to serve as trainers of health facility staff in their respective districts. This will contribute to strengthening national capacity for clinical management of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases thus ensuring sustainability.

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Training on Laboratory Identification of Bacterial Pathogens commences at CPHRL

The World Health Organization is supporting a five day theoretical and bench training of laboratory scientists and technologists on identification of bacterial pathogens, at the Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) in Freetown. Participants were drawn from the CPHRL, main referral hospitals and regional laboratories in the country. The objectives of the training are to strengthen the capacity of the staff on laboratory iso-lation, identification and characterization of causative agents of bacterial meningitis and enteric diseases, and to conduct antimicrobial susceptibility testing.

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Minister of Health Commissions National Central Public Health Reference Laboratory

The Sierra Leone National Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) was commissioned on 21 August 2012 by the Hon Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mrs Zainab Hawa Bangura. The Hon Minister also launched the National Health Laboratory Policy, National Laboratory Strategic Plan and Laboratory Investment Plan as well as the National Laboratory & Surveillance Working Group.

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International Youth Day UN Chief Calls For Innovative and Successful Collaboration with Young People

Freetown, 13th August 2012 : The Executive Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (ERSG) in Sierra Leone, Mr Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen has called on the government “… to continue to give the youths the priority they rightfully deserve in society” during a “Youth Festival of Music, Drama, Film and Discussion” to mark this year’s International Youth Day at the Lagoonda Complex, Freetown

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The Secretary General Message on International Youth Day - 12 August 2012

Today’s generation of youth -- the largest the world has ever known, and the vast majority of whom live in developing countries -- has unprecedented potential to advance the well-being of the entire human family. Yet too many young people, including those who are highly educated, suffer from low-wage, dead-end work and record levels of unemployment. The global economic crisis has hit youth the hardest, and many are understandably discouraged by rising inequalities.

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Sierra Leone Commemorates World Breastfeeding Week 2012

Sierra Leone launched commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week 2012 on 1 August 2012 on the theme “Understanding the past - planning the future”. Every year World Breastfeeding Week is commemorated to promote and support early initiation (immediately after delivery) and exclusive breastfeeding of children 0-6 months as well as continued breast feeding until two years and beyond. The event was launched by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Alhassan Seisay.

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Review of Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has an estimated population of 5.8 million with a national HIV prevalence of 1.5%. The HIV prevalence among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics is 3.2%. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the most important source of HIV infections in children. About 3,300 infants are born to HIV-positive women annually.

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