The Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and its partners last Saturday launched the second phase of the Ebola Community Action Platform 2 (ECAP 2) project in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County, with a call for concerted efforts from citizens to continue the Ebola preventive measures.
The ECAP 2 project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and developed by Mercy Corps. It is expected to boost community preparedness against future outbreaks of Ebola and other communicable diseases with similar signs and symptoms as Ebola.
The launch of the project, which was characterized by cultural performances through the principal streets of Sinje, brought together several community dwellers from nearby villages and towns.
Madam Juli Endee, LCP Executive Director, said although the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia Ebola-free, “We need to work together to see to it that the virus never returns to the country.’’
She then encouraged the over 500 participants to keep on the safe side by practicing the preventive measures, especially the one that has to do with regular hand washing.
Madam Endee said grassroots community engagement was necessary to keep reminding rural residents about the importance of continuing the preventive measures.
“As a lead agency in the E-CAP program, USAID and Mercy Corps are committed to building the capacity of grassroots and national organizations to improve community health and effectively address crosscutting community development challenges in the country,” the LCP Director said.
She also called on community dwellers to stop stigmatizing those who survived the Ebola virus.
Musu Kiadii Thompson, president of the National Governors Council of Liberia, assured Liberians that chiefs and elders are committed to spreading the message of prevention and control in their respective communities.