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ACF Ends 8-Month Ebola Prevention, Response Project in Bomi
MONROVIA, August 3 (LINA) – Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has ended an eight-month Ebola Prevention and Response Project in Bomi County.
With funding from the United States Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the German Government (GIZ), the ACF launched the program in December 2014 aimed at responding to the emerging humanitarian needs in Bomi.
According to an ACF release issued here Monday, the intervention was intended to strengthen the County Health Teams to rapidly contain the Ebola outbreak through its support to Contact Tracing, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Nutrition programs.
Over the past eight months, ACF’s PSS Team, through psychosocial support had helped to reduce the level of stress, fear and stigma of EVD-affected families, with specific attention to children, mothers, and frontline health workers.
ACF Nutrition team was also able to integrate Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services with the Ebola response.
The end of project ceremony held at Beh Town Clinic in Bomi County, brought together representatives from the World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Medical Team International, Ministry of Public works and the Bomi County Health Team.
At the ceremony, ACF Bomi County Field Coordinator, Arnaud Lavergne presented to the Bomi County Health Team, WaSH Packages for use in five Public Health Units of the county.
The packages included Water points, Latrines, Incinerators and Placental Pit constructed by ACF in partnership with a local NGO, Ground Water Exploration Incorporated (GWEI).
The Liberia Government Hospital, Sass Town, Suehn, Goghen, and Beh Town Clinics are facilities benefiting from the action.
The ACF release quotes statistics from the Bomi County Health Team as saying that Bomi experienced a total of 262 bola cases, with 133 deaths, ten of whom were healthcare workers, and 30 Ebola survivors.