Pneumonia is on course to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, new analysis conducted by Johns Hopkins University and Save the Children reveals.
The in-depth modelling, released on World Pneumonia Day, also shows that more than four million of these deaths – more than a third – could be easily averted with concerted action to improve rates of vaccination, treatment and nutrition.
Without action, the aid organisation’s forecasts show Nigeria, India, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are likely to bear the highest burden of deaths.
Pneumonia mostly affects the elderly, but the disease is the biggest infectious killer for children globally, killing more than malaria, diarrhoea and measles combined.
880,000 children, mostly under the age of two, died from the disease in 2016, the most recent year for which full data is available.
SCI CEO, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said:
“It should shame us that almost a million children are dying every year from a disease that we have the knowledge and resources to defeat. There is a vaccine available, and a course of antibiotics costs just £0.30.”
The agency’s forecasts are based on a model developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University called the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).
They show nearly 11 million (10,865,728) children will die by 2030 on current trends, with the highest burden of deaths in Nigeria (1,730,000), India (1,710,000), Pakistan (706,000), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (635,000).
However, scaling up vaccination coverage to 90 per cent of children under the age of five could save 610,000 lives; providing cheap antibiotics could save 1.9 million; and ensuring children have good nutrition could save 2.5 million.
If all three overlapping interventions were carried out by 2030, the model suggests a total of 4.1 million deaths could be averted.
2030 is the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include an ambitious global pledge to “end preventable child deaths” and achieve Universal Health Coverage.
To end preventable child deaths from diseases like pneumonia, Save the Children wants to see:
- The prices of major pneumonia vaccines dramatically lowered to allow more than 76 million infants to be immunised
- Governments of low-and middle-income countries prioritising building strong health and nutrition systems that reach the most marginalised
- Donor governments support countries to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Dr Ellie Cannon, a General Practitioner with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), visited Save the Children’s health programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 50,000 children died from pneumonia in 2016.
Dr. Cannon said:
“It was shocking to see children dying from a disease we can treat so easily in the UK. Children are arriving on the brink of starvation, their immune systems weakened by malnutrition. And even when they get to medical help, doctors simply don’t have the basic supplies like oxygen and antibiotics to treat them. These are medics with the same training as me. I could write a simple prescription or arrange a quick X Ray. My medical colleagues in the DRC are forced to watch children die.”
African Bar Association to intervene in the matter of Gross Human Rights Violations committed by members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Sierra Leone
Umbrella body of lawyers on African continent, the African Bar Association (AFBA) has swung into action on a petition accusing Nigeria Armed Forces (NAF) of abuse of rights of victims of war which broke out in Sierra Leone some 21 years ago.
The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown.
Haja Bola Deen (Late) and
Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi Jnr of Liberia
Miss Beatrice Din Gabisi
Miss. Florence Din Gabisi
Mr. Moses din Gabisi all of the VSA
Alhaji Mahtami Carew
Haja Asarahi Carew
Mrs. Nancy Kalokoh of USA
Nieces and Nephews
Mrs. Aniatu Marrah
Alhaji Mildas Din Gabisi
Mrs. Ramatu Williams UK
Mrs. Ajaratu Conteh UK
Mrs. Milan Din Gabisi
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Africell
Mrs. Azizatu Pratt
Mrs. Raidat Daramy
Mr. Tejan Kamara
Mr. Madani Din Gabisi of UK
Mrs. Rashidatu Saquee of UK
Miss Ramata Din Gabisi of UK
Alhaji Sulaiman of UK
Haja Fatim Din Gabisi of Wellington
Several great grand children at home and abroad.
The Din Gabisi, Macauley, Davies, Deen, Hamid, Sulaiman, Carew, Pratt and Tejan-Cole families at home and abroad.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, Sept. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The new government of the Republic of Sierra Leone has chosen Agrotop, a leading global player in livestock turnkey projects, and Integrated Solutions Africa (ISA) Group, which specializes in financial solutions and implementation of complex projects in Africa, to construct a large-scale layer and pullets farm at an investment of $60 million.
Air travellers to Sierra Leone and Liberia have been hit by report from KLM that it is cutting its services to both countries. The Dutch carrier has made this decision in order to add new flight service to the American city of Las Vegas.
CONSORTIUM FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE-SL
11th September, 2018.
Alleged Police Brutality at Mile 91: a case for Speedy Investigation
On Sunday 9th September 2018, at about 7:00 am, we received a distress call from residents of the villages of Mathibo and Massengbeh, ten miles off Mile 91, Tonkolili District, Northern Province of Sierra Leone.
The information received suggested that a group of security personnel stormed their communities between the hours of 4 to 7 in the morning. They alleged that a large number of security personnel violently attacked their homes with lethal weapons, terrorised, looted, and carted away their property (motor bikes, monies and assorted farm produce); and eventually killed a 29-year old Abdul Kaimbay Kamara from Massengbeh village.
As a responsible Consortium that promotes human rights and democratic good governance, we made a rapid response and visited the scene of the incident to ascertain the veracity of the allegations. We arrived at the scenes of the two villages in the afternoon hours accompanied by two journalists from AYV and 98.1 respectively.
On arrival, we met with the community people who almost ran away for fear of recurrence of the Police raid.
However, we succeeded in pacifying and letting them know that we were not security personnel but civil society activists who came to investigate the incident.
Our findings reveal the following:
▪That the community people were clouded in fear and panic due to the alleged degree of security personnel presence in the night of the incident.
▪That upon our arrival there was no security personnel presence.
▪That the first house in the first village of Mathibo was soiled with blood believed to have oozed from the deceased who was alleged to have been shot by security personnel because he refused to surrender his motor cycle to them.
▪That the village was predominantly agrarian or farming community.
▪That evidence of shot shell bullets and tear gas canisters were found in the community.
▪That evidence of damage was done on property including doors and windows.
▪That monies, motor bikes and agricultural produce were carted away from the people.
▪That an unconfirmed number of community people were arrested and taken away by security personnel.
▪That a large number of family members including women and children fled away and they are yet to be re-united upon our arrival.
▪That the deceased left behind a pregnant woman and two children.
▪That there were private WASSCE students amongst those who were arrested and taken away by security personnel.
▪That the raid was not done in consultation with the Local Unit Commander in whose jurisdiction the incidents occurred.
▪That the Local Unit Commander (LUC) confirmed that he was told by the security personnel that they were on national exercise authorized by State House in Freetown. He went on to say that the use of lethal weapons is a concern and the security personnel appeared like they were prepared for war.
▪That the deceased has been brought to Freetown for post-mortem.
This is not the first time security personnel have been accused of the use of lethal weapons against civilians. We therefore demand the following:
▪That an immediate inquiry be done into the matter.
▪We call on the independent Police Complaint Board to accelerate and judiciously look into the allegations.
▪We demand that the corpse be handed over to the family for a befitting funeral after the post-mortem.
▪We advise that the suspended LUC be reinstated and that he should not suffer adversity for saying the truth as he attributed the qualities of a good citizen.
▪We encourage the media and other Civil Society Organizations to carry out independent investigations into the alleged raid by security personnel.
The consortium for Good Governance Human Rights and Democracy (CGHRD- SL) will not rest until the issue at hand is properly investigated in a free and fair manner, so as to ensure justice.
In light of the above, we are giving the authorities concernd 21 days ultimatum starting today Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 to address the issues and allegations judiciously, otherwise we shall be compelled to call a nationwide protest in defense of Human Rights in our beloved country.
God bless Sierra Leone!
God bless CGDHR-SL !
Thomas PA Babadie
077 595 421
076 820 538
Thomas Moore Conteh
078 246 328
076 752 783
Francis K. Dumbuya
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Paul Brima Bangura
C I SL
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Freetown Terminal Limited (FTL), a subsidiary of Bollore Group has been highly acclaimed by key government officials for the company’s massive investment at Queen Elizabeth II. The Minister of Transport and Aviation, Kabineh Kallon was joined by the Chairman of National Commission for Privatization (NCP), Umaru Napoleon Koroma, General Manager of Sierra Leone Port Authority (SLPA) Dr Abdulai Fofanah, and the Chairman of SLPA, Manso Dumbuya, on a conducted tour on Freetown Terminal Limited’s facilities on Tuesday.
The company had a concession agreement signed with the Government of Sierra Leone in October 2010 for an initial period of ten years, and in 2016 Parliament ratified an additional ten years port concession with the government becoming a shareholder with 20%. FTL’s extension project involves a new quay of 270 meters at -13 meters, 3.5 hectares of new storage area, two ship-to-shore cranes and four Rubber Tyre Granting (RTG) cranes. The new Quay started operation on 29th August 2018 with 3780 TEUS of extra capacity, 168 reefers plugs and a power plant of 6 megawatts designed to provide 100% of needs.
Bollore’s Country Manager, Fabjanko Kokan said they are working as a team not only to transform the port to become one of the best in the world. The port’s development he said will benefit unborn generation. “I am happy that 35 Sierra Leoneans have been trained to operate the new cranes, which have the capacity to handle over forty containers per hour.
Kokan pointed out that his company investment has helped reduce the time for clearing containers at the port and provides more business opportunities to the country. He thanked the government of Sierra Leone for the trust and confidence it has on the company to be a key partner.
Transport and Aviation Minister, Kabineh Kallon commended the great job done by the company and assured that government will continue to provide a sound legal and investment opportunities framework for the benefit of the nation. He revealed that the government will continue to look for further expansion project so that bigger ships will come in.
Chairman of NCP, Umaru Napoleon Koroma said he is highly impressed with the company's investment, which adds to the country’s development drive. “We are hoping for a further expansion so as to enable us has the largest port in the Sub region,” he said and added that there are greater opportunities ahead for Sierra Leone to become a transshipment hub. Chairman of SLPA, Manso Dumbuya commended FTL’s investment and encouraged the company to continue with the good works.
ROMA, Italy, September 2, 2018/ -- Addressing a standing room only crowd of global agriculture experts at the FAO headquarters in Rome, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, says the answer is a resounding yes!
Bollore Transport and Logistics, a renowned port handler in France with branches across the globe, has fully completed works on the 270 meter container terminal extension at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.
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