Arcelor-Mittal Liberia has launched the Ebola Contact Tracing and Surveillance (ECTAS) Project as a pilot initiative to support local communities and county Ebola taskforces in tracking, surveillance and reporting potential and actual human contacts with confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola infected persons.
In a press statement issued this week, the company pointed out that it is a community based project that builds on existing local structures to address the critical gaps in contact tracing and surveillance in Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.
With a total value of US$104,000, the objective of the Project is to enhance local capacity in contract tracing and surveillance, through the training and equipping of 150 contact tracers in high risk communities.
Over a 90 day period, the project would be able to help reduce new infections by providing useful, lifesaving information for case management and surveillance.
“The project will also increase community participation in the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” ArcelorMittal Liberia Country Manager, Ronnie Addy asserted, “while helping individuals and communities to take ownership of the responsibility for combating the virus at the household level.”
ArcelorMittal Liberia will be partnering with AFRICARE to support 100 contact tracers in Nimba County while supporting 50 contact tracers in Grand Bassa County through another NGO.
The project will begin in September and end in mid-December 2014.
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