Via Awareness Times: SEA safely back; 1 Tonne Goods in tonight. This periodical is far from objective, but the story offers an interesting angle:
Special Executive Assistant (SEA) to the President has arrived at the Lungi Airport on Saturday July 12th 2014. Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s arrival will be followed up tonight with the arrival of a stunning load of chargeable weight of over one tonne (909kilograms) of items donated to help Sierra Leoneans in fight against Ebola.
Dr. Sylvia Blyden was able to secure the goods in form of face masks and isolation gowns, with the help of one of the most formidable Diaspora groups, the Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba (SALNAM) based in Canada. This was during a special visit of Blyden on invitation of SALNAM.
The goods are brand new, from factories and said to be of bio-medical standards. They were donated to the people of Sierra Leone by Canada’s foremost international health charity, the International Hope Canada.
Awareness Times has learnt that Dr. Sylvia Blyden, an Officer of the Order of the Rokel and who is one of the most patriotic female Sierra Leone citizens, paid over seven thousand dollars of her personal savings to ensure the airfreight of the over one tonne of chargeable weight of facial masks and isolation gowns because of the ongoing urgency of the fight against Ebola.
Dr. Blyden and the one tonne of donations transited through London from Canada. The goods packed into over 80 large cartons, will be arriving this Monday evening at the Lungi International Airport on board British Airways Flight BA-137.
This brings up an often unrecognized aspect of outbreak response in poor countries: They all have diasporas that remit funds to families at home. The Haitian diasporas in the US and Canada have considerable economic clout, and of course the Cuban diaspora in Florida is a major influence on US policy toward Cuba.