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          Gladys: Trailblazer, Midwife, and Feminist in Sierra Leone      Cache   Translate Page      
Photo by Jon Lascher / Partners In Health Boyama Gladys Katingor stands outside Wellbody Clinic in Kono, Sierra Leone, where she has served as the head midwife since 2014.

Walking around her clinic in the muggy heat, Gladys, 52, attracts a lot of attention. During the morning’s whirlwind of activity, people rush up to her from every direction: uniformed-midwives, women with newborn babies strapped to their backs, heavily pregnant women. She speaks to everyone in a gentle, encouraging tone and goes out of her way to offer advice wherever possible. This is how Gladys starts most of her days as head midwife at Wellbody Clinic in Kono, Sierra Leone.

“I’m always on my feet, educating my staff, and saying, ‘Let’s not let any danger occur to our patients,’” says Gladys.

Known as Gladys to friends and colleagues, Boyama Gladys Katingor joined Wellbody, a Partners In Health-supported clinic, in 2014, and has since been trail-blazing female empowerment. At the clinic, Gladys strives to standardize a modern approach to women’s health care. And in doing so, she tackles a number of universally debated and politically charged issues—including teenage pregnancy, abortion, and female genital mutilation—by listening, loving, and, when necessary, lecturing.

Regina Korgbendeh, a traditional birth attendant at Wellbody, reflects fondly on Gladys’s approach to leadership. “There are often many people present during a woman’s delivery—from midwives to traditional birth attendants to family members,” she says. “Gladys will say firmly to the room, ‘Let us all work in harmony to keep this woman safe.’ She’s always calm, supportive, and strong.”

Gladys grew up in Longie village, roughly 30 miles from Koidu, Kono District’s capital. She is one of the few girls from her village cohort to complete her education. Following high school, Gladys trained as a community nurse for the nonprofit organization, International Rescue Committee. Her role with IRC involved coaching new mothers on how to administer basic medicines, such as anti-malarials and tuberculosis medication, to their families. After gaining significant experience there, Gladys made the decision to resume her studies and train as a midwife, leading to her current role with PIH.

Sierra Leone had the seventh highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the world, with 38 percent of women delivering their first baby before the age of 18. At Wellbody, expectant mothers under the age of 18 are invited to stay at a birth waiting home for the month preceding their labor. Here, they receive free prenatal care and meals, and enjoy a supportive environment.

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Pregnant women relax outside the antenatal care center at Wellbody Clinic.  (Photo by Emma Minor / Partners In Health)

“Most of these are school-going children. The girls are very shy when they arrive and feel like they’ve committed a crime,” says Gladys. “I bring them closer to me, like a mother, and ask them how they are feeling.”

Postnatal classes are also available at Wellbody following a birth, and Gladys makes sure new mothers are supported in a number of ways, including through family planning services.

“We offer approved contraceptive methods, but many women are discouraged from using them by their families,” Gladys says. “Everyone is happy to listen though, especially the young girls, and we’re now seeing an uptake.”

Abortion is another tough reality Gladys confronts. They are illegal, but not uncommon, in Sierra Leone. “They’re performed on girls in villages who come to Wellbody Clinic afterwards in very bad health,” she says. Many even face death. One-fifth of global maternal deaths result from unsafe abortions, and Sierra Leone is no exception. Gladys quickly refers them to the local hospital. 

Perhaps the most challenging, and familiar, situation Gladys deals with is female genital mutilation, or FGM, a procedure commonly carried-out on adolescents. In Africa, around 3 million girls undergo FGM each year; Sierra Leone is one of the only countries where the rate is over 90 percent. 

LEFT: Sister Boyama Gladys Katingor (far right) invests time training her midwifery team at Wellbody Clinic. RIGHT: 
Sister Jenneh Dakowah (center), who has worked as a midwife at Wellbody Clinic for more than three years, outside the maternal ward. (Photos by Emma Minor / Partners In Health) 

FGM often takes place in a small hut, in an area known as “the bush,” on the outskirts of a village. Multiple girls will stay in the hut at any one time, while the procedure is performed on each of them.

“When I was a child, I became part of this. It was not my choice, but something my parents wanted. It was an excruciating procedure,” Gladys recalls. “When the cut is done, veins are tampered with, and you can sometimes bleed a lot. If you bleed like this, which I did, the whole village will call you a witch. It feels horrible to be called that.”

What should a girl do if she’s encouraged to go through FGM? “If a girl confides in me at Wellbody, I will tell her of the hazards and advise her against having it done,” Gladys says.

Her advice can’t always be headed, but her overall message to female patients and staff is hard to ignore. “I tell them, whatever happens you must reach some heights. Whatever your family says, keep going. I say don’t lie down, wakeup and keep moving. You are not just here to give birth; you are our leaders of tomorrow.”

          Sierra Leone's 'peace diamond' dividend slow in coming      Cache   Translate Page      
They were promised a "peace diamond" dividend in the Sierra Leone village of Koryardu after the stone they handed over for auction fetched $6.5 million (5.7 million euros) a year ago. But they are still waiting to see the benefits. "Absolutely nothing happened," said Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, who manages the team of diggers that found the 709-carat diamond in March 2017, in eastern Kono province. The idea of handing the diamond over to the government to sell was that it would generate money to be ploughed back into developing the local community. But at the village school, Peter Baimoi, who helps teach its about 190 pupils, said there was no sign of the promised government funding. With no qualified teachers in the village, parents rely on their children being taught by some of the better-educated local people who can read and write, like Bamoi who finished high school. They do it voluntarily, the pastor said.
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          12/5/2018: WORLD: AWAITING DIAMOND DIVIDEND      Cache   Translate Page      

In this file photo taken on December 4, 2017, the Peace Diamond is on display at the Rapaport Group in midtown New York. A year after the stone fetched $6.5 million (Bt213 million) at auction, Sierra Leone villagers who found it and were promised a...
          Supply of Fish boxes, Bins, Trolleys and Pallets for Robertsport Fish Landing Site Cluster      Cache   Translate Page      

Contract Award

Project: P156759-West Africa Region Fisheries Program AF Guinea, Sierra Leone & Liberia
Loan/Credit/TF Info: TF-A3532
Bid/Contract Reference No:LIMA-WARFP-REF-26
Procurement Method: RFQ-Request for Quotations
Scope of Contract: Supply of Fish boxes, Bins, Trolle ys and Pallets for Robertsport Fish Landing SiteCluster
Notice Version No: 0

Contract SignatureDate
Duration of Contr act

Awarded Bidder(s):
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong SAR, China
Bid Price at Opening
USD 77, 830.00

EvaluatedBid P ce
USD 77, 830.00

Signed Contract price
USD77, 830.00

Evaluated Bidder(s):
Spectru m Building, UAE
Country: United Arab Emirates

Bid Price at Opening
USD 90, 070.00

Evaluated Bid Price
USD90, 070.00

Country: United Arab Emirates
Bid Price at Opening
USD 98, 177.00

Evaluated Bid Price< br/>USD98, 177.00

Rejected Bidder(s):
Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Liberia
Country: Liberia

Bid Price at Opening
USD 113, 950.00

Evaluated Bid Price
USD 113, 950.00<

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          GTBank named Nigeria’s Best Bank, Wins Bank of the Year, Sierra Leone      Cache   Translate Page      

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has won the award for “Bank of the Year Nigeria” for the second year in a row at The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards, regarded as the industry standard for excellence within the global banking sector. Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone Ltd, a subsidiary of Guaranty […]

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          Is Sierra Leone’s Bio Going After Corruption, or His Adversaries?      Cache   Translate Page      
In late October, Sierra Leone’s parliament failed to block measures establishing an investigative commission into the activities of the country’s former ruling party. Tackling corruption was a key tenet of new President Julius Maada Bio’s agenda, but the country’s stark political divide makes it a tough task.

          One African Nation Put the Brakes on Chinese Debt. But Not for Long. - The New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      
One African Nation Put the Brakes on Chinese Debt. But Not for Long.  The New York Times

DAKAR, Senegal — The new international airport in Sierra Leone was supposed to be a shiny welcome center for travelers — a symbol showing that after a ...

          Research Fellow (PHP-GHD-2018-16)      Cache   Translate Page      

The Department of Global Health and Development is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to join the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST). The successful candidate will work with the UK-PHRST lead social scientist, other UK-PHRST core team members, and with field teams in Sierra Leone.

Duties will include study inception, conducting research on Lassa fever and health seeking behavior in Sierra Leone, and working with the team to disseminate findings to a wide audience of communities, policy makers, health workers, and academic colleagues in Sierra Leone and internationally. The post-holder will also support on other projects within the UK-PHRST social science portfolio. 

The post holder will report to the Project Investigator and will not directly line manage any staff but may be asked to support students or researchers technically or logistically to ensure the research is successful. The post holder will be based in London but will expected to spend significant periods of time in both rural and urban Sierra Leone conducting and overseeing research there. 

The role will require relevant experience in social science, public health, or a related field, as well as proven ability to conduct, coordinate and deliver social science projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Knowledge of social and political perspectives on infectious disease outbreaks would be an advantage. 

The post is full-time and based in the Tavistock Place building of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Although the post is based in London, the Research Fellow will be expected to travel to and reside in Sierra Leone for discrete periods during the data collection phases of the project. 

The post is available from January 2019. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 6 scale in the range £39,304 £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting), and is funded for 12 months. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made on-line at our website at Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to  

The reference for this post is PHP-GHD-2018-16. Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. 

Closing Date: 18 Dec 2018
Category: Academic

          Sierra Leone’s Woobay retires from international football      Cache   Translate Page      
The longest serving player in the current Sierra Leone squad, Julius Gibrilla Woobay, retires from international football with immediate effect.

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