A local non-governmental organization under the banner Public Health Initiative or PHIL in collaboration with Action Aid Liberia has conducted a three-day training of trainers’ workshop on Ebola awareness in Monrovia.
Ms. Totimai-Lead trainer
The workshop is intended to train staff of both institutions to carry out Ebola prevention awareness campaign in four counties.
Speaking Monday, 27 October at the start of the workshop, the Program Assistant for Public Health Initiative, Ms Corina Totimai, said PHIL is in partnership with Action Aid Liberia to train staff that will train community dwellers how to prevent themselves from contracting the deadly virus.
She said residents of rural communities need more knowledge about the Ebola virus and to halt traditional practices that could expose them to infection. Ms Totimai said some people are still expressing doubt about the existence of Ebola in the country, politicizing the issue.
Meanwhile, the communication officer for Action Aid Liberia, Madam Christal Da’ Thong, said the charity has identified with several Ebola victims in the country, noting that the dangerous virus which has caused many to loss relatives seems to be getting under control with Action Aid Liberia distributing food items and sanitary materials to survivors from Treatment Centers.
The Ebola outbreak, which started from neighboring Guinea early this year, poses serious economic threat to the sub-region plus the loss of lives, including heath care workers, Nurses and Medical Doctors. The Action Aid Liberia communication officer said the essence of the three days training of trainers workshop is to prepare implementing partners in four counties, including Montserrado, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Margibi to carry out training on Ebola awareness for citizens in rural communities.
She said the organization has worked in the four counties to ensure people get the real message about safety measures that will prevent them from contracting the virus from suspected people, adding that all those implementing partners’ staff that are undergoing training will also extend such training to community dwellers in rural areas.
Madam Da’ Thong further narrated that Action Aid Liberia has also identified with Ebola patients at ELWA and JFK Ebola Training Units, providing assorted materials to both treatment units for patients undergoing treatment there. Few months ago, Action Aid Liberia launched a safety city campaign at the Monrovia City Hall, calling on government to put proper measure in place to protect women against abuse.
According to the group, women often face lot of challenges, including sexual harassment, rape, among others. It stressed that government has full responsibility to provide safe city for women in the capital and the entire fifteen counties. Action Aid Liberia says women often face violent attacks in dark streets and other places where they are ambushed and gang-raped.
It said women traveling on overcrowded buses and taxis going to and from schools and universities are harassed or attacked or even teachers may demand sexual favors in exchange for grade, adding, “This must stop.”