New research reveals that 32% of Adolescents say that vaccines can be dangerous

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Published: Friday, 08 December 2017 11:03 The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) has today published a study which shows that around a third of adolescents in six European countries believe that vaccines can be dangerous. The research, which was conducted by ComRes on behalf of CoMO, surveyed 3,026 participants aged 14 to 18 from the…

FOCUS 1000 bags award for best local NGO of 2017

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Published: Wednesday, 03 January 2018 13:38 At a well-attended National Achievement Awards ceremony held on Saturday 30th December 2017 at the Bintumani Hotel International Conference Hall at Aberdeen in Freetown, FOCUS 1000 was declared winner of the best Local NGO of the year 2017.FOCUS 1000 is an indigenous Non-Governmental Organisation, our primary concern is with the first 1000 days…

New vaccine for typhoid approved

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Published: Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:47 The UN agency responsible for health, WHO, has, at the end of December 2017, prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV. Typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) are innovative products that have longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines, require fewer doses, and can be given to young children through…

FOCUS 1000 2018 Annual Staff Retreat

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 Published: Friday, 12 January 2018 08:39 FOCUS 1000 has conducted its second annual staff retreat from 3rd to 5th January 2018 at the CHARMS Beach Hotel Aberdeen, Freetown. The yearly review meeting brought together over seventy staff members ranging from Programme, Research, Operations and Administration at national level, including our board members to evaluate progress…

Sierra Leone: Battling an epidemic of maternal deaths

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 Published: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:06 By Kemo Cham (FOCUS 1000 Kombra Media Network Chairman) When a room packed with activists was asked how many times pregnant women were expected to attend antenatal clinic, the responses were interesting and revealing. “Two times…Three times…Four times…,” they guessed. It was a community engagement organized by the NGO,…