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Sierra Leone ranks 3rd among countries with highest maternal deaths

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The proportion of maternal deaths is decreasing, says a new report by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, and the United Nations Population Division. But the lifetime risk of maternal mortality for a 15-year-old girl in Sierra Leone is 1 in 20. 

The West African nation is one of three countries estimated to have had an extremely high maternal mortality ratio in 2017 (defined as over 1000 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births), with the highest maternal mortality ratio being in South Sudan.

Sixteen other countries, all also in  Africa except for one, are estimated to have very high maternal mortality ratio in 2017, ranging between 500 and 999. 

The 10 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios in order from highest to lowest are:

South Sudan
Chad
Sierra Leone
Nigeria
The Central African Republic
Somalia
Mauritania
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Afghanistan

Nigeria and India had the highest numbers of maternal deaths, and accounted for approximately one third (35%) of all es…

Beautiful game marred by violence, Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone issues statement

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The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone issued a press statement late Sunday condemning the violent physical and hostile verbal assault suffered by two female reporters with the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The statement says Frances Barnard and Esther Marie Samura "were beaten" by close protection guards of the president of Sierra Leone.

In addition, a male sports journalist Alimamy Kamara was assaulted by the same bodyguards, who have been named as Sweet and Kposowa.

According to the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone, "this is the first time in the history of football in Sierra Leone to see security guards behave in such a violent and rude manner," the statement said.

The close protection officers are accused of barging into the commentary booth at the football stadium during Sunday's match between the national teams of Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia.


"The commentary booth is exclusively for the media and this act w…