Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Attends Swearing-in Ceremony of President of Ivory Coast

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Monday 14 December 2020 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has joined about 10 African heads of state and more than 300 dignitaries at the Presidential Palace for the swearing-in ceremony on Monday of President Alassane Ouattara.

“I ask all political parties to seize this new opportunity … to defuse tensions through dialogue,” President Ouattara told newsmen in Abidjan, adding that: “I renew my ambition to rebuild a more united Ivory Coast for a better future. We must work tirelessly with respect for our institutions.

”Just after taking the oath of office for the third term, the President condemned the violence that had marked the Presidential elections of 31 October 2020 and vowed to create a ministry in charge of national reconciliation “in order to consolidate social cohesion”.

It could be recalled that President Bio and his colleague President Ouattara had met on Friday 4 May 2018 to discuss and make a commitment to deepening the bilateral cooperation between Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan.

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Golden Jubilee thanksgiving celebration of the late Hon, P.C. Charlie Bio

Golden Jubilee thanksgiving celebration of the late Hon, P.C. Charlie Bio (21st Sept 1968 – 21st Sept 2018). Father of President Bio at Tihun, Sogbini Chiefdom.


Meeting of The First Lady of Sierra Leone with Deputy Head of Department for Health for Moscow

“Sierra Leone is one of the countries with the highest maternal, newborn, and child mortality rates, as well as adolescent fertility rate globally.”
– WHO 2017
Our First Lady set the tone of the meeting by saying, children and mothers are dying in Sierra Leone.

The team from Moscow said at present, teenage birth in Moscow was under 300. Their approach has always being a multi-dimensional approach combining medical, social and govt policy. The city have centres were mothers can live up to 3 years.
First Lady stated that , Sierra Leone went through 10 years of civil war, and recently lost most of our doctors to the Ebola Virus in 2014. She recalled that Russian doctors were available in in Sierra Leone about 20yrs ago, but that is no longer the case.
The team from Moscow indicated that Sierra Leone has allocation for 13 students to study in Moscow. In dealing with the long time it takes to train Doctors, they proffered a solution in what they call “Secondary Medical Training” which lasts 3 years. It is important to note they are not Doctors. “Secondary Medical Training” might run alongside training doctors.
For an objective solution to Sierra Leone, the team from Moscow suggested:
1. Building very strong policy.
2. Using Mass media to create awareness and change the mentality of the populace.
3. There should be experts in various areas to come together to design a workable solution.
Our First Lady said the quota for students to be trained should be increased significantly from 13. The First Lady indicated that Sierra Leone has to design a new model that will go beyond rhetoric, and be very practical.
The team from Moscow, agreed to sending specialists to also train health professionals in Sierra Leone, in specific areas of immediate need. Building a teaching hospital will be a great step in that direction. The Moscow team, said their training is as practical as possible.
First Lady Bio stressed the need for financial support. This the team from Moscow said, based on the unique circumstance of Sierra Leone, they are ready to offer financial support. They will be waiting for formal request from the Foreign office of Sierra Leone to the govt of Russia. Our First Lady said she will contact the appropriate department within the Sierra Leone government, to work out the modalities.
Moscow govt Officials at the meeting:
1. Mukhtasarova Tatiana – First Deputy Head of the department for Health of Moscow.
2. Irina Nazarova – Chief Doctor of the Hospital named after Pletev.
3. Ismail Osmanov – Chief Doctor of the hospital named after Beshlayeva, subordinate to the Department for Health of Moscow.
4. Anton Olenev – Head of the branch of the perinatal centre of Moscow Clinic Hospital.
5. Anastasia Sibileva – Deputy Head of International relations and Protocol Division of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow.
5. Alexander Suliman – Leading specialist of International Relations and Protocol Division of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow.
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First Lady Attended The High-Level Regional Event Held To Promote Awareness And Combat Spread Of Cancer In Africa

The The high-level regional event is themed: Promoting cancer awareness and advocacy programs in its 27 OIC African Member States ended with a Declaration signed by all First Ladies present that included the following recommendations to OIC Member States:

  • Invest resources in addressing the risk factors associated with cancer by launching public education campaigns and to engage with representatives of the food industry to ensure compliance with guidelines on healthy diet;
  • Integrate cancer prevention into primary healthcare systems of OIC member states
  • Encourage the participation of civil society and community in fostering partnerships for dissemination of information about cancer and provision of services for the prevention and control, treatment and care, including palliative care;
  • Strengthen implementation of screening programs for women with a focus on breast cancer and cervical cancer – the most frequent and detectable cancers;
  • Embrace the Tobacco Free OIC initiative by participating in training and capacity building programs organized by SESRIC to facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable national tobacco control strategies in the OIC Member Countries in line with the guidelines set by WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control;
  • Develop population-based cancer registry and scale-up national cancer control programs that meet the increasing need for promotion, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care to coordinate and optimize resources available to apply evidence-based and high-impact interventions;
  • Improve access to appropriate technologies, with support of relevant partners, for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer to promote early diagnosis and treatment;
  • For the OIC Secretariat to engage Member States, and collaborate with nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions in order to develop partnerships to scale up cancer prevention and control, and to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, in line with Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17 as well as OIC 2025: Program of Action.


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August 5th 2018 National Cleaning A Whopping Le3.9Billion Spent

A little breakdown on the figures spent
Districts – 22
Number Of Wards – 484
Number Of Youths – 1375
Money paid to youths (Le40,000 per person) – Le880,000.00 – Le1,168,200,000.00
Machinery – Le943,500,000.00
Chemicals, Protective Gear and Tools – Le938,500,000.00
Fuel – Le414,800.00
Supervision and Coordination -Le385,000,000.00
Local Government and Rural Development Coordination Le76,540,000.00


Building and Investing in Our Capacity to Grow

With the theme, ‘Building and Investing in Our Capacity to Grow’, the Global Women Economic and Social Empowerment Summit (GWESES) which consists of an International Conference and an Awards Ceremony was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Part of the programme involved our First Lady visiting a factory with other First Lady’s. The Factory is an example of female empowerment. One of the main priorities of the United Nations is the equality and empowerment of women and young girls. Equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes.

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First Lady Fatima Maada Bio At The United Nations Headquarters Geneva (In Picture)

H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, delivered a speech today at the United Nations Headquarters at Geneva Switzerland.

The conference “Girls with no name” is an unapologetic look on the issue of child prostitution in West Africa, using Sierra Leone as a case study.

The First Lady in her speech, did not mince words and spoke objectively about the subject. She said sometimes these kids provide for their families through prostitution. This is absolutely not the responsibility of a child, but it is a social reality we face today.

As depraved as it may seem, sometimes parents introduce their kids to prostitution. 10 years of civill war, and the Ebola epidemic did not help matters. Child prostitution is a taboo subject. But she as the First Lady is ready to be the voice.

Our First Lady further went on to say:

“Women & Children are often the poorest and most marginalised. Many are illiterate and unskilled. Issues of sexual abuse continues to be areas of concern.

As First Lady and someone passionate about women and children, I will use my position to bring awareness to the international community about the plight of my country.

I have no budget of my own for programmes that will help to better the lives of these honourable people. I am here to learn, and find a solution.

I have no authority to make or pass laws . Don Bosco Fambul is an organisation that is visibly helping in it’s little way in Sierra Leone. I have vowed to highlight the plight of our vulnerable children in my country.

I am here today, calling on everyone here present, to consider, and seriously look into Sierra Leone.”

Our First Lady went on to outline the benefits of the free education programme in the fight against child prostitution. The new direction goes beyond talking about societal ills, but actually embarking on workable “solution based” programmes.

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