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Open Defecation Free Status Attainment Celebrated in Bong

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Global Communities and partners have celebrated Open Defecation Free Status attainment in Zota District, Bong County.The open defecation free attainment means citizens are not defecating in every part of their communities as they did prior to the intervention of the organization.

The program was held in Belefana last weekend in the District. Giving the overview of the project to hundreds of citizens from across the District and other parts of the Country, Global Communities Senior Program Officer Michael Fogbawah said the event was intended to give decency to the citizens of the area.

Mr. Fogbawah named twenty-four communities, including Belefanai, Sheankpalai, Yorwee, as well as Nama among others as major towns benefitting the Open Defecation Free Status from the organizations. According to the Global Communities Senior Program Officer, the project was initiated by his organization under the Community Led Total Sanitation or CLTS in collaboration with community volunteers

with funding coming from the United States Agency for International Development-USAID. Mr. Fogbawah has, meanwhile, commended other partners like the Partnering to Improve Community Health Systems and Services or PACS, the Liberian Government, through the Ministries of Health, Internal Affairs, Finance and Development Planning, Education and Public Works for their encouragement. Mr. Fogbawah lauded the implementing partners for their many supports in the successful undertaking of the initiatives across Zota District, with a call for community members’ continuous adherence to cleaning their communities from feces exposure.

Also speaking at the occasion, Global Communities Country Director Josh Balser added that his organization would continue to improving the health sector of Liberia once they are supported by USAID and other local organizations.

Mr. Balser praised citizens for their cooperation and understanding in the process of making their communities open defecation free. He also expressed gratitude to USAID for the financial support in helping to positively transform the lives of Liberians irrespective of their locations – naming health as a major component of the operation.

He said the twenty-four communities that were being certificated for their involvement in the ODF process means that the citizens of the areas were ready in attaching seriousness to their health. USAID-Liberia Senior Community Health Services Advisor, Dr. Ochiawunma Ibe expressed serious joy over the manner in which Global Communities continues to make proper use of funding provided over the period. Dr. Ibe recounted the days of the deadly Ebola fight in the Country when funding were provided to Global Communities by the American Government in assisting the Liberian Government and other partners in combating the Disease.

She committed the US Government to continuously supporting the betterment of the health sector of the Country. The program was attended by several local and national authorities.

By Papa Morris from Gbarnga, Bong County-Edited by George Barpeen

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