Several local and international civil society and community based organizations have launched a 21-day temperature check and monitoring to help create awareness and combat the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.
Through Straight from the Heart and its partner, the Ebola Awareness Project is being launched under the Theme: Listening to Communities; Engaging Community Partners to Know Ebola and Prevent Transmission of EVD through 21 Days Body Temperature Check.
According to the coordinator of the project, Facia Harris, the project is a significant step by local and international non-profit organizations to help create awareness in communities in and around Monrovia on the importance of prevention mechanisms, which include 21 days of body temperature and monitoring.
“We are reaching out to 10 households in the community to deliver the education of Ebola prevention and transmission by checking and monitoring body temperatures for 21 days” She said.
In addition, the team of civil society organizations will also be providing tutorials to all school-age children in the 10 households in and around Monrovia on how to protect themselves against catching the deadly virus, which has already claimed the lives of thousands of Liberians and people in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
She stressed that the team is working to increase community level of knowledge and understanding of Ebola, reshape attitudes and increase awareness, promote safer practices, prevent EVD transmission, and most importantly, provide education to children in the wake of the Ebola virus carnage on the general population.
The 21 days body temperature check and monitoring of households campaign partners include; Straight From The Heart (SFTH), One Liberia Advocacy Radio online, Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI), OCI Farm Training Organization, Serene Health For All Mobile Clinic, Citizens Organized for the Promotion of Transparency and Accountability (COPTA) and Uniting Distant Stars Inc. Local Radio Journalists
This 21-Day project will entail preventive measures such as recording body temperature of contacts, washing of hands, distribution of hand sanitizers and education on hygiene and personal health care measures.
The campaign also intends to give people the opportunity to tell their stories, their pains, their fears, agonies, joys and expectations.
The organizers plan is to highlight the stories of other Ebola fighters, their frustrations, challenges and successes, and hence cover the effect of Ebola on various aspects of people’s lives in the communities, especially new habits, changed cultures and economic failures.
“This is an adventure which will involve community based groups and organizations breaking new grounds and reaching out to unheard voices of the Ebola battle,” she asserted.
Also speaking, the chairman of Clara Town Community emphasized that the community has over 10,000 residents and believes that such initiative would help eradicate the virus in the area.
According to him, the Clara Town community is open to everyone who is contributing to the fight against Ebola and hopes that with the coming of these organizations, Ebola will be history.
With boots on the ground, engaging communities at the frontline, and raising awareness on the fight against Ebola in various communities, showed that we are ready to finally kick Ebola out of Liberia.