Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.
Many large international NGOs and foreign governments have pledged support to help contain the Ebola outbreak. These foreign actors must contend with the challenges of working with an often suspicious and fearful population. However, there are diaspora groups from both Liberia and Sierra Leone who possess a thorough understanding of the local context and are posing innovative initiatives to help citizens protect themselves. The Mineke Foundation and Lunchbox are two new programs spearheaded by diaspora groups.
In 2012, Al Jazeera set out on an investigative project in which journalist Juliana Ruhfus began probing illegal pirate fishing off the coast of Sierra Leone. The resulting two-part series, called “Pirate Fishing”, was part of the People & Power series, and set out to show that not only were illegal fishing practices taking place, but also expose the negative effects …
West Africa is currently facing the largest and most severe Ebola outbreak in human history. With no treatment or vaccine in immediate sight, innovation is integral to the fight to contain the spread of the virus. Learn how music artists and motorbike drivers are leading the charge.