What It's Like to Be an OB/GYN in Sierra Leone: An Interview

Each day, around 800 women across the globe die because of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Doctors Without Borders, the international medical organization that sends physicians to impoverished areas, recently launched a multimedia project to illuminate the reality of these unnecessary deaths. Because… »7/22/15 4:05pm7/22/15 4:05pm


'Visibly Pregnant' Girls in Sierra Leone Banned from Attending School

Sierra Leone's Education Minister has announced that school-aged girls who are "visibly pregnant" won't be allowed to attend school, take their exams, or associate with non-pregnant students. A top education official has suggested that having pregnant girls in class would "encourage other girls to do the same thing." »3/30/15 11:30am3/30/15 11:30am

Ebola Is Temporarily Halting Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone

The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa has one slim silver lining: it's temporarily putting a stop to the female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone, where the procedure is traditionally performed on most pre-pubescent girls. Bloomberg reports that many FGM practitioners are refusing to do the procedure, because… »1/14/15 4:20pm1/14/15 4:20pm

Jennifer Hollett of Current TV's Collective Journalism project reports on a group in Sierra Leone —

Jennifer Hollett of Current TV's Collective Journalism project reports on a group in Sierra Leone — where nearly 90-95 percent of all women are subject to female genital mutilation — called the Amazonian Initiative Movement, which is working to end the practice of FGM. In addition to educating women about the risks,… »12/02/08 5:30pm12/02/08 5:30pm

Maternal Mortality Plagues Sierra Leone — And The United States

If you're feeling a little too happy today — you know, because everything seems to be going so well and all — take a look at this Washington Post article »10/14/08 2:20pm10/14/08 2:20pm on maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. The piece, which ran on Sunday, profiles first-time mother Saio Marah, who needs an emergency C-section after two days of…