MSF Pulls Out Of Lofa As Ebola Outbreak ‘Disappears’

The Ebola situation has improved in Lofa County and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to withdraw from the area.
New actors have arrived to help and since 30 October there have been no more Ebola patients in the Ebola Management Centre (EMC) in Foya. The success of MSF’s intervention in northern Liberia can be considered a model of response, benefitting from a comprehensive approach and constant community involvement. Continue reading

International Anti-Corruption Day 2014 Speech By PUL Secretary General, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh

Statement Delivered By PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh, at programs marking the International Anti-Corruption Day 2014, organized by the Liberian Youth Natural Resource Governance Forum
YMCA Conference Hall

December 9, 2014

I bring you professional greetings from the leadership and members of the Press Union of Liberia on whose authorities I stand before you.

PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh

PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh

The Press Union of Liberian is pleased to be invited to form part of this international observance against a terrible menace that has the propensity to stagnate the growth and development of any country and its people. I am speaking about corruption. Corruption is no stranger to Liberia. It is entrenched in our culture, in our homes, in the churches and mosques, in the schools, in our hospitals, in our bedrooms and in the blood veins of many of us. It is systemic, it is serious! Yes, even in the media, too.

It is even rampant among the politicians leading our country, the security sector including the immigration and the police. For example, between last Friday and Sunday, I saw acts that appeared to be corruption many times at the various police and immigration checkpoints along the Monrovia-Ganta Highway.  Before passing through, commercial drivers are asked to “Drop the Gate”, when they are not the ones who mounted those gates. You know what I mean by drop the gate! Those gatekeepers (our security men and women) are demanding monies from the commercial vehicles. Continue reading

PUL Trains Monitors To Scrutinize Media Contents For Professionalism

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) today, December 11, commenced a two-day training for monitors who will scrutinize media contents, with the aim of enhancing professionalism and improving ethical standards.

The training is part of a year-long project funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to help professionalize the Liberian media. The project supports Goal 2, “Promoting Professionalism for Liberian Media Practitioners” of the PUL 2014-2016 Strategic Direction. Continue reading

UN Official Says Press Freedom Crucial To Society

Liberian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day 2014 with local government officials

Liberian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day 2014 with local government officials

An official of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Liberia has said without press freedom the people will be ill-informed and society incomplete.

UNESCO Officer-in-Charge Stevenson Siedi noted that in an environment where journalists are safe, citizens find it easier to access quality information that can be vital to making sound decisions and analyzing critical national issues. Continue reading

Liberian Police Force Urged To Be Peacemakers Than Peace-Enforcers

Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police

Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police

The Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Cllr. Gladys Johnson, is calling on officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to be more of peace makers than peace enforcers. She says this would require policemen to refrain from jailing citizens often for minor offenses that require warning. Continue reading

Double Mess: The Fate Of People Living With HIV In Liberia; Amidst The Deadly Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

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President of the Liberian Network of People Living with HIV (LIBNEP+) Joejoe Baysah

President of the Liberian Network of People Living with HIV (LIBNEP+) Joejoe Baysah

MONROVIA: More than three (3) decades now, HIV and AIDS continue to remain a major threat to Global Developmental Agendas, particularly programs of the Government of Liberia and its citizens.

According to the 2014 Liberia Demography Health Survey (2014LDS), the prevalence of people living with HIV has increased from 1.5% in 2007 to 1.9% currently. The survey noted that the 1.9% accounts for thirty eight thousand people tested HIV positive out of the Nation’s 4.2 million population.

As the national HIV and AIDS response is still confronted with challenges of stigma and discrimination, limited capacity for effective program implementation, ineffective monitoring and reporting of the national response, and most importantly, over dependency on external funding for the national program, Ebola which is being considered more than a health issue has begun to infect and killed people living with HIV in the country.

Already People Living with HIV (PLHIV) immune system are weakened by HIV and is only with the help of the Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) which is a treatment that can suppressed HIV and AIDS, latest reports gathered from associations of people living with the virus and their members revealed that more than seven (7) persons who had HIV have died of Ebola related causes in Liberia. Continue reading