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Thousands of Ebola Workers In Liberia Paid
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Thousands of Ebola Workers In Liberia Paid

MONROVIA, January 14 (LINA)- – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped the Liberian government to pay thousands of healthcare workers at Ebola Treatment Centers and community health centers.

According to a UNDP press release issued here Wednesday, over $1 million dollars in cash payments were made across the country in January alone.

The workers were hired at the height of the Ebola crisis to help run treatment centers, help communities prevent transmission and track people who had contact with Ebola victims. Many worked tirelessly without pay for months as the country struggled to cope with the epidemic.

“One of the biggest challenges was determining who should be paid. At the start of the process we didn't even have a list of names,” said UNDP Project Manager for Health Worker Payments, Stuart Kefford. “

“We worked with the Ministry of Health and the county health teams to develop the lists. Then we had a list of names and pay rates for different job categories but still needed to verify that the people identified for payments were those that were working,” Kefford said adding, “It was only after two months of work, travelling cross the
country to remote regions, verifying the lists, talking with NGOs to make sure people weren't getting paid twice, that we were able to start the actual payments.”

The project was conducted in partnership with the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER).

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