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Leh we make Salone grow issue 4

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This newsletter is brought to you by the President's Delivery Team. It includes news and updates on the President's Recovery Priorities in Sierra Leone. In this issue stories from the health, energy and water sectors, as well as a report on the strategy of collaboration between the MDAs that is supporting public service delivery and capacity building that will help build sustainability into the system.

Breaking the cycle of

Breaking the cycle of teenage pregnancy Thirty-six percent of all pregnancies in the country occur among adolescent girls, and teenagers account for 40 percent of maternal deaths. The President’s Recovery Priorities’ aims to save the lives of 600 pregnant women by June 2017. Reducing teenage pregnancy will support this. At the Adolescent Friendly Centre at Newton in the outskirts of Freetown, 17 year-old Augusta explains that she was 15 when she got pregnant. Now she regularly attends the Adolescent Friendly Health Centre where she receives contraceptives and helpful advice on safe sex. Augusta believes that if she had visited the centre when she was younger, she would not have become pregnant. “I advise teenage girls around Newton to visit the Adolescent Friendly Health Centre (AFHC) regularly for confidential counselling and reproductive health care services like contraception and STI prevention,” she says. Under the President’s Recovery Priorities’ initiative to reduce teenage pregnancy, 100 AFHC are being established around the country. These will provide free and confidential services and advice on safe sex and contraception to teenagers in a welcoming environment. Sixty AFHCs, staffed by trained service providers, are already operational and mapping is on-going for the location of the remaining 40. On November 7, 2016, Sierra Leoneans across the country wore yellow and observed a three-minute silence in remembrance of those who died from the Ebola epidemic that broke out in 2014. At 11am, the nation stood motionless, traffic was halted and businesses stopped work. A public awareness campaign organised by the President’s Delivery Team ensured compliance was high. The nationwide silence was followed by an address to the nation by President, Ernest Bai Koroma. In it, he honoured the bravery of the front line workers: “Thousands of lives were saved through the courage of individuals who put their concern for others above themselves, some of them losing their own lives in the process.” He also spoke about the national recovery plan developed by his government to put the country back on track, saying that significant progress is being made in key delivery areas like energy, water and governance. The President concluded with a call to continue the spirit of national unity which was demonstrated during the Ebola fight. Aminata Koroma, a food hawker on Lightfoot Boston Street in Freetown, remembers how the disease claimed the lives of her three neighbours at Mabela Wharf, a slum in central Freetown. “During that time, many of us thought we were not going to be spared. People we were close to got infected and were taken to treatment centres where they were later pronounced dead.” she said. Emma Kargbo, the nurse in charge of the Newton AFHC says that teenage pregnancy has become a serious concern for the community. Shortly after the centre was set up, they received a weekly average of 20 cases, some as young as 13. However, according to Emma Kargbo, the AFHC, combined with community outreach programmes which raise awareness about the services on offer, is reducing the rate of teenage pregnancy. According to the head of the Teenage Pregnancy Secretariat in the Ministry of Health, Sister Rugiatu: “The political commitment directed towards the implementation of the strategy with technical and financial support from donors and funding agencies will contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancies nationwide.” Sierra Leone commemorates the end of Ebola with three-minute silence A total of 8,704 Sierra Leoneans were infected during the outbreak while 3, 589 lost their lives. www.presidentsrecoverypriorities.gov.sl

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