18 July 2012 - State hospitals and health clinics across Sierra Leone are facing severe shortages of drugs that should be supplied under the free healthcare programme LINK because practitioners are diverting them for private sale, investigations by the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) show.

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The potential to help nearly 4,000 children made homeless due to the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war is behind the launch of a new, 24-hour telephone counseling hotline.

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In a rape treatment center here, I met a 3-year-old patient named Jessica, who was cuddling a teddy bear.

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The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

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No one can tell 64-year-old Fatoumata Kané anything new about the plants and tree bark around her town of Banamba in western Mali, but the traditional healer recently learned how to measure a child’s upper arm to detect malnutrition.

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On Apr. 5, the United Nations Children's Fund will launch a report on teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

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More than 300,000 children under five in Sierra Leone are malnourished, UNICEF country representative Mahimbo Mdoe has said.

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The ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs has formerly launched the 'street and other vulnerable children's reintegration program' to holistically address the issue of street children in the country.

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Aggrieved parents whose children were adopted by American-based Main Adoption Placement Services, MAPS, have demanded the immediate return of their children.

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