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Ebola Response ALERT Project Gains Impetus
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Ebola Response ALERT Project Gains Impetus

MONROVIA, September 16 (LINA) - The “Assisting Liberians with Education to Reduce Transmission (ALERT)" project, funded by the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is producing positive change in Ebola-affected areas.

The ongoing ALERT project in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties is being implemented by an American NGO, Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in partnership with the Liberian Government.

The project focuses on reducing transmission of diseases through educating locals about preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and strengthening the capacity of County Health Teams to deal with burials and infection control.

According to ALERT, meetings have been held throughout Voinjama and Kolahun in Lofa, and have started in Bong and Nimba Counties.  

The project is also providing support to the burial teams in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, and Margibi, but is scaling up to assist burial teams across Liberia.

“Our intervention under the ALERT project assists Liberians to be educated and empowered to work proactively in their communities and with the county health teams to control the disease.  County MIA, MOHSW, and traditional leaders played key roles in all our meetings at county, district and community levels.  

“The Director of Community Health Services, Tamba Boima, has also been involved from the start of these meetings.  They were initiated as a response to the denial of Ebola in July and August, in Voinjama.” Global Communities Country Director, Piet deVries said.

Mr. deVries noted that the county health team has received support from communities following the meetings and are now active in taking actions to control the disease.  People are practicing good hygiene, illness is reported quickly, and there ismutual cooperation with the burial teams.

Providing additional key information about the intervention of the project in Lofa County, Global Communities the Deputy Chief of Party, Leroy Johnson, explained that the project has assisted communities in the county with awareness on the Ebola virus.

Mr. Johnson disclosed that the ALERT project, supervised by his organization, has provided training and compensation to the county’s burial team.

He noted that his entity will ensure that necessary hygienic items such as chlorine and personal protective equipment are provided the health teams to strengthen their capacity.

LINA GDJ/TSS/PTK

 

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