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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaAbout fifty Ebola survivors in Bong County have benefitted from several food and non-food items. The items- provided by BRAC-Liberia under its Psychosocial and Survivor Support Project, included rice, cash and some household utensils. 

Orphans, whose parents died of Ebola, also received cash and other items.

Speaking to our Bong County correspondent during the presentation, BRAC Psychosocial and Survivor Support Project Manager Dyonah Thomas expressed his institution’s preparedness to continuously support people who have survived from the Ebola virus disease. 

Mr. Thomas said their current activities will cover the period of nine months in seven of the fifteen counties in which BRAC operates. 

He stressed the need for psychosocial support and other assistance to all Ebola survivors, as they continue to go through turbulent times in their various communities after surviving from the virus.

Mr. Thomas  expressed the belief that when survivors are given the necessary attention, they would continue to meaningfully contribute to the development of their communities. The Head of the Ebola survivors Network of Liberia, Patrick Farley who participated in the distribution, commended BRAC, noting that the items provided will assist his colleagues.

He told our correspondent that if Ebola must not come back to Liberia upon eradication, the government must ensure that the country’s health care delivery system is strengthened. 

The head of the Bong County Health Team Psychosocial Unit, Victor Padmore, welcomed the support provided to the Ebola survivors in the county, saying BRAC was buttressing the efforts of the government for the up keep of Ebola survivors.

Survivors, who received the items, expressed heartfelt gratitude to BRAC and called on the Liberian Government to provide more support to them as other partners have started doing. About seventy five other survivors and orphans are expected to benefit from similar items in other parts of the county.

By Papa Morris from Bong County

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