Lockdowns will not halt the transmission as long as there are carriers who do not show any symptom but who continue to spread the virus. Other measures such as prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 persons are far more effective in a low income country where the average household numbers more than 15 in urban areas. Members of large households are usually together only at night/bedtime. A lockdown forcing them to be together for 14 or 28 days is far more likely to accelerate transmission within the household and thus produce a cumulative effect worse than controlling the congregation of people.
Sierra Leone’s PPRC meets political leaders to discuss growing tension and violence
The Sierra Leone Telegraph “Following the recent spate of violence in Freetown among supporters of Sierra Leone’s two main political parties – the SLPP and APC, the body responsible for regulating the activities of political parties in the country – the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), yesterday held a meeting with both APC and SLPP […]
Priorities for mineral-led industrialisation in Rwanda
In Brief: •Rwandan officials outside the mining sector need to become more actively involved with the new Mining Policy for its effective implementation. • Minerals based industrialisation may not necessarily follow the pathways defined so far by the African Mining Vision (AMV, 2009) but still achieve its wider goals. • A full diagnosis of the […]
The Return To Planning
The Sierra Leonean government is about to launch the 5–year plan as part of a 20-year Plan. One of the most important challenges facing planning and the implementation of development programmes in the country now is capacity. Inability to formulate properly designed projects, and manage complex multi sector programmes result in inflated costs and low quality results, or even failed projects.
Sierra Leone’s Fragility
Excerpt from a study of Sierra Leone’s fragility being launched today by the Fragility Commission. “The “social contract” has never been established in Sierra Leone at the national level. Rebellions and strikes before independence, and coup d’états and economic crises after independence, were repeated regularly. Yet the promises of a new beginning after every crisis […]
Have we crossed this way before?
New post on The Sierra Leone Telegraph by Abdul Rashid Thomas SLPP condemns violence at the APC political rally Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 January 2018: Yesterday’s violence by supporters of the ruling APC, which led to the death of one person at their party’s rally in the capital Freetown, has been strongly condemned by opposition […]