In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, 200 community educators from Bong have pledged to support efforts to drive Ebola out of Liberia by running high impact awareness campaigns in various communities across Liberia.
The launch is part of the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), founded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and developed by Mercy Corps Liberia, which is helping NGOs to engage 3,000 communities by training trusted local communicators with key information on Ebola virus.
The launch was run by a local ECAP partner, Equip Liberia, along with its partners from seven counties, Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado Nimba and Lofa Counties.
Present at the launch were community health educators, county health officials, village chiefs, representatives of Mercy Corps Liberia and many Bong County residents.
ECAP head, Mr. Kimen, called on the group to “fight Ebola and stop fighting each other through stigmatization, rejection and discrimination. Ebola is our common enemy—no matter who you are and where you come from,” he added.
Also speaking at the event, Richelieu O. Burphy, spokesperson for Mercy Corps Liberia, said that Mercy Corps was proud to be supporting the government’s Ebola must go campaign through the ECAP program.
“Effective community engagement remains crucial if we are to eradicate Ebola, maintain the vigilance needed to halt its spread, and prevent such deadly epidemics from occurring in the future,” he said.
Over 500 people have so far been trained under the ECAP project, which aims to reach two million citizens with critical information on Ebola. It will also evolve to help communities recover from the devastating social and psychological impacts of the virus.
“As a lead agency in the ECAP program, equip Liberia is committed to building the capacity of grassroots and national organizations to improve community health and effectively address crosscutting community development challenges,” said Kimen.
Campaigns are delivered in local languages through radio and art to ensure the widest possible reach of anti-Ebola messages.