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….On Ebola Awareness
The Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) HIV and AIDS Program has launched a community project with focus on creating awareness to eradicate Ebola in Margibi County.
The project, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Mercy Crops under the titled, “Ebola Community Platform (ECAP),” is aimed at hiring community members to play proactive role in preventing the spread of the Ebola virus and encouraging community members to embrace Ebola survivors.
Speaking Tuesday at the official launch of the Project in Kakata, Margibi County, LCL HIV and AIDS Program Director Rev. Janice F. Gonoe said although the infection rate of the virus is declining in Liberia, however, it is time that every Liberian gets involved in the fight against the killer virus.
Rev. Gonoe said the project, which is being implemented in four counties including Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bong, and Lofa, under the title “scale up Ebola Prevention and Awareness in Communities,” is to ensure that transmission of the virus is reduced significantly through community mobilization campaign.
She said the LCL HIV and AIDS Program would ensure that the 83 communities under its supervision benefit from the project.
“The LCL HIV and AIDS Program is operating in 83 communities and they are: 21 communities in Garwula District, Grand Cape Mont County; 25 communities in Kakata, Margibi County; six communities in Totota and 21 communities in Panta District, Bong County respectively,” Rev. Gonoe indicated.
She said in order to ensure that the implementation of the project is achieved, five staff, 25 mobilizers and 200 communicators have been recruited to educate residents in the various communities about the importance of suppressing the spread of the virus.
According to Gonoe, the LCL HIV and AIDS Program with vast experience in providing psychosocial support to vulnerable and grass root communities, seeks to contribute to the national Ebola response through community mobilization and sensitization, door-door campaign and community dialogue meeting, among others.
In remarks, Mercy Crops-Liberia E-CAP Digital Outreach and Communication Officer, Michael Catalano said community collaboration is the best way to ensure the eradication of the Ebola virus in the country.
Mr. Catalano said if Ebola must be eradicated from Liberia, it requires the collective efforts of all Liberians to react together in fighting the virus.
Launching the project, the Special Assistant to the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rev. Dr. Jensen Seyenkulo, Rev. Isaac S. Dowah commended Mercy Crops for its assistance to Liberia during the Ebola outbreak.
Rev. Dowah assured Mercy Crops that the project would be implemented as planned and the targeted communities would be engaged.