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.
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.