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UNDP Hires 1,300 Ebola Community Tracking Volunteers
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UNDP Hires  1,300 Ebola Community Tracking Volunteers

MONROVIA, December 12 (LINA)---UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid US$80 per month to go door-to-door every
day in their communities to track down people showing symptoms of Ebola and ensure they get urgent medical help.

According to a  UNDP release issued here Friday, community volunteers have contributed immensely to the reduction in the number of new cases
of Ebola in Liberia.

UNDP Ebola project Coordinator Dr Masoka Fallah said it is only by quickly identifying people who have been infected and show symptoms
will the spread of the virus be prevented.

"With Ebola, all schools were shut down. Private school teachers aren't getting paid. We've brought in a large number of those teachers
to help with Ebola prevention. They know everybody in the community and are listened to", he noted.

Dr. Fallah said the work of these volunteers is not limited to just identifying sick people.

"The Active Case Finders are out there talking to people; they're making sure everyone follows preventive measures. They're also helping
survivors of Ebola who sometimes face problems when they return home," he said.

He said "the Active Case Finders are showing the rest of the community that survivors should not be shunned," the release concluded.

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