First Lady outlines plans to fight teenage pregnancy, early marriage


September 24, 2018

By Mohamed Massaquoi

First Lady Fatima Bio

Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Madam Fatima Maada Bio, has called on development partners, including UN Women, United Nations Development Programme, World Food Programme, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, among others, to help the government and people of Sierra Leone fight what she referred to as ‘stumbling block’ towards the development of young girls in the country.

Madam Bio made the above call last week at the Bintumani hall in Freetown, where she noted that the recently released 2017 Human Development Index report puts the country in a backward position as maternal and child mortality are still on the increase in the country.

She said her office was determined to work with individuals and institutions to curtail teenage pregnancy, early marriage, HIV and AIDS, cancer, among other diseases, that are afflicting the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

She noted that she was interacting with development partners at a time when a good number of them are working in different areas of humanitarian activities, adding that a lot of people have been asking about her interventions in some of those areas.

“I am here to tell you what I intend to do and I am sure collectively we can reduce teenage pregnancy, early marriage, child mortality, among others. In Sierra Leone, there is no hospital that deals with cases of cancer and a good number of HIV patients are not properly treated by doctors and nurses. This is the reason I want you to help me to construct hospitals for cancer and HIV patients,” she said, adding that first ladies in other countries have done a lot for their people.