As Ebola continues to decline in Liberia, the Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC) has launched a two-week anti-Ebola awareness campaign for marketers and residents in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The launching last Sunday brought together market women, town chiefs and community dwellers.
ABIC’s Project Manager, Mrs. Henrietta Tolbert, said the awareness campaign is focusing on market women in the county’s capital, Gbarnga, and in remote parts of the County.
The aim is to educate women about the dangers of the virus and show them the preventive measures that will keep them safe.
“Basically, we will be asking our marketers about Ebola and what they understand about it since the outbreak. Whatever knowledge they have will be enhanced with more education and tools to empower them to eradicate Ebola,” Mrs. Tolbert explained.
According to her, the awareness campaign will be followed by intensive training to enable the market women to also spread awareness in the towns and villages where they reside or do business to help eradicate the killer virus.
The campaign began with the training of 15 persons who will join the ABIC team to make sure all marketplaces and communities in the county are informed about the Ebola virus.
“We trained these persons so that they can assist us in conducting the awareness training in the language spoken by the people in the various towns and villages.
“We are doing this to send the message across in a very simple way to our people,” she said.
Mrs. Tolbert warned that the issue of complacency remains high on the agenda because a majority of the people no longer follows preventive measures like washing hands frequently, avoiding bush meat and secret burials.”
She called on every Liberian to join the fight, cautioning that it takes one case to cause another serious outbreak of the virus in the country.
The ABIC team spent two weeks in Margibi County, also engaging in a widespread awareness campaign there.
“We will distribute hand washing buckets, chlorine and disinfectants to market places and communities to empower them in the fight,” Mrs. Tolbert said.