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A Call for Sierra Leoneans to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle

Sierra Leone is faced with the double burden of communicable and Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs). Available hospital data indicate that in 2011 more cases of diabetes (352), hypertension (4207) and cardiovascular disease (284) were reported. These diseases are strongly associated with common lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diets rich in fat, sugar and salt; and physical inactivity.

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New data highlight increase in hypertension, diabetes incidence

16 May 2012 | Geneva - The World health statistics 2012 report, released today, puts the spotlight on the growing problem of noncommunicable diseases burden.

One in three adults worldwide, according to the report, has raised blood pressure – a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease. One in 10 adults has diabetes.

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Addressing hunger precondition for sustained human development in sub-Saharan Africa

 Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2012 - Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic resurgence unless it eliminates the hunger that affects nearly a quarter of its people, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) argues in the newly released Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future.

"Impressive GDP growth rates in Africa have not translated into the elimination of hunger and malnutrition. Inclusive growth and people-centred approaches to food security are needed," said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the launch today, attended by Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki.

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Sub-National Polio Immunization Days Commences in Sierra Leone

 The Sub-national polio immunizations days campaign commenced to admin-ister Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to children 0-59 months in selected commu-nities on 11 May 2012. The campaign will end on 14 May. It will focus mainly on “hard to reach areas” and areas “poorly covered or missed” in the previous polio national immunization days campaigns.

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Joint Statement by the Executive Director of UNFPA and the International Confederation of Midwives

On this international Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and ICM, the International Confederation of Midwives, commend the important work of midwives in promoting good health and makeing pregnancies and childbirths safe.

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UNIPSIL & OHCHR organized training of trainers on political participation persons with disabilities

Staff of various electoral management bodies discussed challenges and proposed strategies for persons with disabilities to vote and be voted for.

 

On 17th and 18th April 2012, the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) organized a training of trainers on political participation of persons with disabilities at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom. The programme was developed by the Human Rights Section of UNIPSIL in collaboration with the Directorate for Training of NEC, and funded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Sierra Leone Commemorates World Malaria Day 2012

Sierra Leone joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Malaria Day today 25 April 2012 on the theme “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in malaria”. A local slogan: “Mosquito Net!! Malaria Free. Sound Sleep” was also chosen by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to raise awareness on malaria prevention and control in the country.

 

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Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, on the Occasion of World Malaria Day

Today, 25 April 2012, we celebrate World Malaria Day under the theme "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria". The theme draws attention to the progress made and urgent need for adequate investment to defeat malaria. The 2011 WHO World Malaria Report indicates that the African Region accounts for 81% of the malaria cases that occurred worldwide. Over 90% of the deaths due to the disease occur in the Region and 86% of these deaths are among children below five years of age. Pregnant women, people living with HIV and AIDS and victims of disasters are also particularly vulnerable to malaria.

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Sierra Leone Joins Thousands in the World to Make Film History

Freetown, April 22, 2012 - Mr. Anthony Koroma, commissioner of the National Youth Commission, Sierra Leone, joined over 200 (mainly youths) representing secondary schools in Freetown, civil society organizations, environmental NGO Green Scenery, peace activists, university students from Fourah Bay College, Njala University, College of Medicine, Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) to see the One Day on Earth film and be part of film history at the Cruzer Cinema, Lagoonda Complex, Sunday 22nd April.

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Dr Sambo Calls for Renewed Actions for Health Systems to Address Inequities

Addis Ababa, 23 April 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, on Monday (23 April) called for sounder health policies underpinned by primary health care values and principles to address inequities in health.

 

He made the call whilst addressing the 13th World Congress on Public Health which is taking place from 23 to 27, April 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the theme; “Towards Global Health Equity: Opportunities and Threats” in Addis Ababa. The Congress has attracted over 4000 participants from 116 countries.

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