In September 2015 floods in Freetown killed seven people and rendered several thousand homeless. Jamie Hitchen explores the systematic failings of city management that exacerbate the problems caused by heavy rainfall.
Jamie Hitchen looks ahead to when Sierra Leone is declared Ebola free and asks how the country can build an adequate health care system that offers sufficient support and protection to patients and staff.
11 of Sierra Leone’s 123 medical doctors have perished fighting Ebola. Jamie Hitchen sheds light on the burden that has fallen on local health care staff and questions whether they have received enough support and recognition.
Nick Branson and Jamie Hitchen consider claims about the efficacy of cash transfers in Africa and raise questions about whether the process is too often driven by donors rather than African governments.
Can cash transfer programmes be as successful in Africa as they were in Latin America for tackling poverty and reducing inequality? Nick Branson and Jamie Hitchen identify some potential benefits and shortcomings.
As schools closed because of Ebola get set to re-open in Sierra Leone, Jamie Hitchen looks at one group that won’t be returning to the classroom – pregnant teenagers – and the possible long-term implications.