Mr. Forndia: “While in Sweden I did not see one piece of paper that was thrown in the street. They are humans like us, but the difference is just our mindset which we need to change.”

Liberia Still at Risk

Liberia may have been delivered from the grips of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), but the factors that led to the rapid spread still persist, the Chief Administrator of the Foya-Borma hospital, Francis Fordia, has said.

Health stakeholders, along with senior officials of the Health Ministries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

‘Don’t Run Their Mental Health Programs’

The outgoing Minister of Health, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, has urged donors of the Mental Health Programs of the three worst hit Ebola nations to allow the authorities of those countries to run their own programs void of donors’ influences.

“For those of you who are donors here helping the three countries — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone —you can only take care of something that belongs to you, something that you call your own. If these countries have mental health programs, you should help them strengthen their programs so they can own their programs and run them.

Madam Brownell (middle) in a conversation with Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell at the program

‘Education Will Move Women Forward’

Veteran women’s rights activist, Madam Mary Brownell, has called on Liberian women and girls to focus on getting better education if they want to compete with their male counterparts in the political and social spheres.

She said Liberian women have the potential to excel, but they must be willing to acquire formal and higher education to better prepare for the challenges of the current society.

Harry Greaves, Jr.

Racism in Our Citizenship Clause

Chapter IV of the Liberian Constitution, which deals with citizenship, reads thus: "In order to preserve, foster and maintain the positive Liberian culture, values and character, only persons who are Negroes or of Negro descent shall qualify by birth or by naturalization to be citizens of Liberia."

Gender Min. Cassell: ‘Nearly four of 10 girls are pregnant before the age of 19’

Troubling Statistics

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, has stated that although 90 percent of Liberians are aware of the benefits of condoms, yet only three out of 10 use it during sexual intercourse.

Min. Cassell, who quoted the 2013 Liberian Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS), also disclosed that “only two out of 10 women and approximately 4.5 out of 10 men used condoms during their last sexual activities.”


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