The United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA in collaboration with the Swedish relief organization, SIDA has presented a consignment of assorted supplies valued US$3,00,000.00 for Ebola Treatment Centers and Dignity Kits for women and girls affected by Ebola and Sexual Gender Based Violence to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The presentation was made Thursday, 27 November by UNFPA Officer-In-Charge, Dr. Remi Sogunro, at the Gender Ministry in Monrovia. The items include mattresses, rice, buckets, clora, slippers, soap and toothpaste, among others.
Dr. Sogunro said the items are intended to empower citizens to halt the spread of the Ebola Virus by adhering to preventive tips prescribed by health authorities. He noted that the campaign being coordinated by the Gender Ministry is already in nine counties and 18 districts. Funding for the supplies came from the Swedish Embassy under the UN/Government of Liberia Joint Programme on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julius Duncan-Cassell, commended the Government of Sweden for the donation. Minister Duncan-Cassell said the gesture was in response to appeal for assistance by the Government of Liberia during the peak of the Ebola crisis in the country.
She commended SIDA for responding to the appeal and noted that the program is being sponsored by the Swedish government. Minister Duncan-Cassell said the exercise will target counties, ETUs, and communities, stressing that post-Ebola period will be critical for survivors, particularly women and children made orphans. “We are in nine counties but we want to extend it to all 15 counties”, she added.