Africare President Dr. Darius Mans has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations about progress on the ground in the fight against Ebola.
According the entity’s latest newsletter, subcommittee members listened with interest as Dr. Mans reported that Africare/Liberia’s staff have trained more than 300 volunteer community health workers who, in turn, have educated more than 150,000 Liberians to prevent, detect and care for people afflicted with the deadly Ebola virus (EVD).
Dr. Mans, the newsletter said, was joined on the hearing panel by peers from Global Communities and International Medical Corps. All three representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were quoted as telling Subcommittee members that progress had been made to slow the spread of the virus.
They, however, stressed that more needs to be done to ultimately drive the deadly virus from the surface of planet earth.
Dr. Mans emphasized the importance of African-led behavior change in the affected nations at the community level. The countries most affected by the virus are the Republics of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
He recommended that Congress support community-focused initiatives and described how Africare/Liberia’s staff, who are 100 percent Liberian, would benefit from more resources to reach and educate more of their fellow countrymen and women.
Dr. Mans told Subcommittee members that Africare, in partnership with Direct Relief and other local NGOs, has shipped and distributed more than US$2 million worth of Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), and that additional shipments were in the works to address the severe shortage of these materials in Ebola-infected countries.
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