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World Health Day 2012 Commemorated in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone commemorated World Health Day (WHD) together with other WHO member states on 7 April on the theme: Ageing and Health, with the slogan: Good Health Adds Life to Years. Activities to mark the occasion included a 5 Kilometre walk along the Lumley-Aberdeen beach. The walk was facilitated by the Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MoHS) and WHO. It drew participants from different groups including sport clubs, UN agencies, NGOs, government depart-ments and the general public.

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Ministry of Health Brief WHO Representative on progress for Post Graduate College for Sierra Leone

 A team of senior officials from the directorate of Post Graduate Training, Non-communicable Diseases and Research in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, on Thursday 29 March paid a courtesy call on the WHO Repre-sentative, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu. The purpose of the visit was to up-date Dr Alemu on the on-going support for the introduction of local post graduate training and Continuing Professional Development that WHO is supporting.

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Parliaments Still Vital to Public Quest for Democracy Despite Fragile Trust, New Report Says

Geneva/Kampala, 2 April 2012 - Parliaments today are facing greater public scrutiny and pressure than ever before with fundamental questions on their ability to hold governments to account, but they have never been more essential to the political life of a country, says a joint report launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Ministry of Health Conducted the 1st Integrated Sentinel Surveillance Review Meeting

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), with support from WHO, conducted the periodic integrated sentinel surveillance review meeting at the Directorate of Disease Prevention and Control on 17 March 2012. Participants at the meeting included health personnel responsible for sentinel sites surveillance for Paediatric Bacterial Meningitis (PBM), Rotavirus and Influenza, officers from the Western Area District Health Team (DHMT) and the National Surveillance Programme (NSP), staff from the Central Public Health Referral La-boratory (CPHRL) and WHO Surveillance Officers.

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Message of the WHO Regional Director For Africa, on World Tuberculosis Day 2012

Today, the 24th of March 2012, is World TB Day. It is a day when the whole world is reminded of the menace that Tuberculosis (TB) continues to exert on human populations despite the existence of effective control interventions. This year’s slogan for World TB day is: "Stop TB in my lifetime". It draws attention to the need for urgent accelerated actions to ensure that today’s children live to see a world where no one dies of TB.

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Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks

 UNDP’s first Global Human Development Forum starts today in Istanbul

Istanbul, 22 March 2012 — Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today.

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Polio West Central Synchronized Campaign 23-26 March 2012

 Brazzaville/Dakar, 21 March 2012 -- Health Ministries, UN agencies and communities are uniting with tens of thousands of volunteer immunizers over four days to go door-to-door and hut to hut for a vaccination campaign against polio in 20 African countries starting on 23 March. Across West and Central Africa, over 111.1 million children below the age of five are expected to be vaccinated through this campaign. Nigeria, the only polio endemic country in Africa, aims to get two drops of the oral vaccine into the mouths of 57.7 million children. Nineteen other countries, which are at risk of re-infection, are stepping up efforts to reach nearly 53.3 million children.

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Sierra Leone Prepares for First Round 2012 Polio National Immunization Days Campaign

Preparation leading to the implementation of the first round of 2012 polio National Immunisation Days (NIDs) Campaign are on-going in Sierra Leone. Chiefdom level micro-plannings have been completed and compiled at district and national levels; and orientation of civil society groups, training of National Supervisors, Independent Monitors and the media have been done. The trainings would be rolled out to the districts and chiefdom levels with the objective to ensure quality training of vaccinators and to increase participation of community stakeholders. Social mobilisation activities are also underway at different levels to improve the awareness of parents and care givers about the upcoming campaign.

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HIV and Hormonal Contraception FAQs

WHO has announced in February 2012 that its current recommendation no restrictions on the use of hormonal contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies for women at high risk of, or living with HIV which is based on current evidence, remains unchanged. In addition, it recommends that women using progestogen-only injectable contraceptives also use condoms or other measures to prevent HIV infection.

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Hormonal contraception and HIV

 Following new findings from recently published epidemiological studies, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a technical consultation regarding hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition, progression and transmission. It was recognized that this issue was likely to be of particular concern in countries where women have a high lifetime risk of acquiring HIV, where hormonal contraceptives (especially progestogen-only injectable methods) constitute a large proportion of all modern methods used and where maternal mortality rates remain high.

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