BRAC-Liberia Step up fight against Ebola in Liberia

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As Liberia continues to step up its Ebola containment strategy since the deadly disease was imported from Guinea to Lofa, BRAC- Liberia, a Microfinance Company last Friday, September 26, joined in supporting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) eradication effort by donating a huge quantity of assorted food items and disinfectant materials valued at L$56, 8650 to the newly constructed Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit.

Kolubah Zazay, Acting Country Representative of BRAC-Liberia, who presented the items, said the donation was part of his company’s social responsibility in the area of health for the benefit of Liberians.

 “We see the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a threat to the collective health and socio-economy of the country. We therefore reiterate our commitment to partner with other stakeholders to stem the tide of Ebola,” Mr. Zazay lamented.

Mr. Zazay further promised that the company will work tirelessly in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure that the dreaded disease is contained and stopped from spreading throughout the country.

“We have a very strategic ongoing approach to support the work of Ebola in Liberia and hopefully by next week we will be going to Bong County and other communities to make more donations to affected Ebola patients as well as health workers,” he added.

Responding, Dr. Atai Omoruto, a Uganda Medical Director and WHO consultant on Ebola case management at Island Clinic, lauded the effort of BRAC and described the contribution as invaluable in the concerted efforts at containing the disease.

“This donation will definitely assist in dealing with this emergency. It is important to acknowledge the fact that Liberia has done a very good in responding to the Ebola fight,” Dr. Omoruto added.

The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with hard-hit countries-Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-struggling to control the outbreak against a backdrop of compromised health systems, deficits in capacity, and rampant fear.

The hard-hit countries are experiencing a phenomenon never before seen in any previous Ebola outbreak due to the fact that as soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload, according Dr. Omoruto.

Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths, amounting, on 8 September, to nearly two thousand cases and more than one thousand deaths, Dr. Omoruto concluded.

BRAC-Liberia is a development focused organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their lives.  BRAC achieves large scale, rapid change by working with individuals, families, communities and institutions to overcome poverty.

The organization’s approach is comprehensive – with financial services, capacity building and livelihood development as well as health, education and social justice – enabling them to realize their potential.

BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, incorporated BRAC Microfinance Company in January 2009 and disbursed the first loans by June of the same year.

The items donated by BRAC-Liberia includes 50 mattresses, 100 bags of 25kg rice, 20 (10L) gallons of Argo-oil, 10 cartoons of chloride, 20 cartoons of alcohol and 50 cartoons of medicated Soap. Others items included 40 cartoons of Juices, 10 cartoons of Dettol, 100 sacs of mineral water and 10 sacs of toilet tissue.

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