Showing posts from November, 2015

Black Africa on the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Index

According to this year’s ranking, South Africa is the most entrepreneurial country in Black Africa with a score of 38.5, though the country ranked 52nd in the world. Botswana placed second (33.1), Namibia came third (31.3) and Nigeria was the fourth with a score of 28.1. This is followed by Gabon (27.8), Swaziland (25.8), Ghana (24.5), Zambia  (22.8) and Kenya (21.1).  52 South Africa 66 Botswana 73 Namibia 85 Nigeria 86 Gabon 95 Swaziland 99 Ghana 102 Zambia 104 Kenya 106 Senegal 112 Angola 113 Rwanda 114 Ethiopia 115 Cameroon 116 Mozambique 118 Gambia, The 119 Liberia 120 Cote d'Ivoire 121 Tanzania 122 Mali 123 Uganda 124 Benin 126 Burkina Faso 127 Madagascar 128 Sierra Leone 129 Mauritania 130 Malawi 131 Burundi 132 Chad The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in 132 countries. It then ranks the performance of these against each other. This provides a picture of how

Sierra Leone Gears Up for Census 2015

Peter Bangura, census field operations coordinator More than 13,000 enumerators for Sierra Leone’s Population and Housing Census begin a week’s training Monday, November 23rd, Statistics Sierra Leone has announced. The army of temporary workers across Sierra Leone will be trained on the use of census instruments like the household questionnaire, manuals, GIS, and digitization. Each enumerator is assigned to one enumeration area of about 100 households to complete in two weeks. Deployment will start shortly after training for the head count of all Sierra Leoneans, which will run December 5th to 18th, according to a statement from the Census Bureau. In the districts, training will be done at chiefdom level whilst centers in various zones within the Western Area will be used for the same purpose. The provinces of Sierra Leone are divided into 14 districts. The Western Area is divided into two districts. Sierra Leone's capital Freetown is located in the Western Area of the

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Saturday, Nov. 7 that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone. It's been 42 days – two Ebola virus incubation cycles – since the last person confirmed to have the disease had a second negative blood test,. The WHO has pledged continued support towards the recovery of essential health systems. "Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them healthcare workers, all of whom we remember on this day” said Dr. Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone . Sheik Umar Khan, a number one doctor specializing  in  viral haemorrhagic fever, died after contracting Ebola while treating sufferers.  The country now enters a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance which will run until 5 February 2016, and WHO will continue to support Sierra Leone during this period. This new phase is critical for ensuring early detection