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Sierra Leone’s Constitution grants married and unmarried women equal ownership rights to propertyand yet while women constitute the largest group of agricultural labourers, but they rarely have full access to land. There are two main types of farmland ownership in Sierra Leone: one based on customary laws and traditions and the other based on the statutory freehold, or community, system. While statutory law governs the capital, Freetown, and its surroundings, customary law – under the heads of ruling families known as paramount chiefs – governs the provinces (customary law applies in 12 of Sierra Leone’s 14 districts). The section should be clearer on the fact that the Devolution of Estates Act does not apply to the majority of the land in Sierra Leone:

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Section 27 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone provides against any law that is discriminatory, with the exception (subsection (4d)) of laws that make provisions with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property or other interests of personal law.


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For the initial review, the PI is required to obtain ethics approval from his/her local institution followed by national review and approval by the Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review Committee (SLESRC).


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Also, the principal investigator (PI) must obtain ethics approval from his/her local institution followed by approval from the Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review Committee (SLESRC) prior to initiating a study.

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The PI must also be in good standing with the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Council and the PBSL, be an expert in the pathology and the clinical handling of the particular disease or condition being studied, and be responsible for the proper conduct of the trial(s).

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As per the , the , and the , the informed consent form (ICF) is viewed as an essential document that must be reviewed and approved by the principal investigator’s (PI) institutional ethics committee (EC) and the Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review Committee (SLESRC), and it must be submitted by the sponsor to the with the clinical trial application.