First Lady secures more support for the fight against HIV/AIDS

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In a bid to eradicate the dreadful Hiv/Aids virus in Sierra Leone in line with Africa’s common position of ending the disease on the continent by 2030, Her Excellency the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma has secured a major boost to halt the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone at the just concluded Africa’s First Ladies Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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FOCUS 1000 evaluates PCI Media Impact ‘road to recovery’ radio drama program in Kenema District

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FOCUS 1000 has ended a 10 day focus group discussion in order to  evaluate  the impact of PCI Media radio drama ‘road to recovery’ program on Ebola prevention and control in Kenema district. The program gives information on health safety measures in containing the spread of the dreadful Ebola virus disease. The 7 man team left Freetown late January, and ended the evaluation exercise on Sunday 7th February, 2016.

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Traditional Healers on Contact Tracing Drive in the North

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FOCUS 1000 has been facilitating community engagements with Traditional Healers and Religious leaders in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Saniation in the Northern district of (Tonkolili, Port Loko, Kambia and Bombali districts) through the Social Mobilization Action Consortium (SMAC) with funding from DFID to reduce the further spread of the new Ebola cases reported early last month in the north.

It could be recalled that on the 12th January, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) confirmed a new EVD case in Tonkolili district involving a female student from Lunsar (Port Loko) who visited Bamoi Lumur in Kambia district just days before reporting signs and symptoms. A second case of Ebola was confirmed on January 20, after the blood sample of a high risk contact linked to the index case tested positive for EVD.

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FGM - let us speak out for the Girl


Asnakech, from Ethiopia, was 12 when her parents decided it was time for her to ‘become a woman’. A self-taught circumciser came to her house, cut her clitoris and outer labia using a razor blade, then pressed ashes and cow manure on the bleeding cuts. In technical terms, this is called Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Asnakech can still remember how scared she felt and how no-one comforted her afterwards.

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