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Yearbook 2016

Sierra Leone. In January, a woman died of Ebola fever, the disease that hit Sierra Leone so badly during 2014-15. However, the death was not the beginning of a new epidemic, but in March the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the short-term outbreak was over. WHO, in its statement, praised the Sierra Leone authorities for its swift and timely intervention in January.

2016 Sierra Leone

According to countryaah, the proposal for a new abortion law that Parliament voted in December 2015 met strong opposition from both Christian and Muslim leaders in the country. President Ernest Bai Koroma therefore chose not to sign the proposal. In January, he first sent it back to Parliament for review and in March he forwarded the matter to the commission tasked with reviewing the country's constitution. Under the old abortion law of 1861, abortion is only allowed if the mother's life is in danger.

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