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‘Tell Ebola Survivors’ Stories To Prevent Stigma’ - PCI
BY Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, April 8 (LINA) – An official of the Population Communication International (PCI) Media Impact project has said the stories of Ebola survivors must be regularly told to the public in an effort to remove the element of stigma.
PCI Country Campaign Manager Joko Koogba observed that as a result of the horrific ordeals survivors experienced while in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), it will be rational for Liberians to render care and assistance to survivors, rather than stigmatize them.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry in Monrovia Tuesday.
Koogba disclosed that to tell the stories of Ebola survivors, the PCI Media Impact as an implementing partner in collaboration with UNICEF, will soon launch the Ebola survivors’ story video series on national television.
Koogba said the video series is an initiative of “I Survived Ebola” which is a communication campaign that places Ebola survivors’ stories from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at the center of national and international efforts to achieve several goals.
According to the PCI Country Manager, the campaign is intended to inform the public about the Ebola virus, reduce stigma and promote reintegration as well as shift the international narrative from fear and despair to resilience and hope.
Koogba noted that this will be done through the sharing of Ebola survivors’ stories through video, audio and print formats and the production and broadcasting of Ebola-focused radio dramas and call-in shows, among others.