Twenty five persons have completed a trainer of traniners (TOT) three-day workshop organized by HOPE Worldwide Liberia (HWWL), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The participants included social workers, Ebola survivors and community leaders and was held July 17-19, in the conference hall of the Monrovia Christian Church in Paynesville.
Dr. Patricia Omedian, a World Health Organization (WHO) psychosocial specialist was one of the facilitators.
Giving an overview HWWL’s Executive Director Dorbor Mark Suah told the gathering that the intervention was part of several activities that they would be participating in to ensure that the capacity of social workers were built to help others recover from trauma due to Ebola.
Titled “Psychosocial healing and support services for Ebola affected people,” Director Suah said his organization’s members have begun home visits to sick persons to help them recover.
Mr. Suah said the HWWL has designed an approach to engage all Ebola survivors, and victims, especially children and women to provide them necessary care.
He said there was a recent case in which some Ebola survivors had a problem with their community and his organization assisted in their reintegration.
“This was an interactive knowledge building exercise for social workers and EVD affected people. We anticipate improved care for them as well as others affected by other illnesses in our country, so they must learn and put that into practice,” he noted
Massa Sheriff, representative of the participants who spoke to this newspaper after the workshop thanked HWWL for the opportunity.
Mrs. Sheriff said the knowledge will be utilized as they return to their various communities.