Defence for Children Intensifies Ebola Awareness, Others

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The Defense for Children International- Liberia (DCI) has intensified Ebola awareness and sensitizations in three counties to combat the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

The launch in Crozierville was the second phase by the group.

The Program Manager, Robert Konneh, said, the Defense for Children’s girls club and women group will carryout a house to house Ebola awareness and sensitizations in 30 communities.

“We have trained about 400 women and girls in Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, and they are going to be doing house to house awareness, distributing fliers and educating the residents in local dialects. We believe using these women and young girls would help greatly in containing the virus with over 10,000 homes targeted,” Mr. Konneh said.

According to him, the girls club who happened to be beneficiaries of the Defence for Children International for the past 3-years will be used as the direct agents in the various communities to interact with peer groups as well as other people in containing the epidemic.

“We have over 60 beneficiaries of the Defence for Children in Crozierville, and we will work with them closely after some training and ensure that they carry out the Ebola message, especially the preventive measures and how to contact health authorities when there are any suspected cases. Over 30 communities have been targeted especially the rural areas of these communities,” he explained.

He disclosed that the Defence child rights group would also focus on what he termed as peer education of the Ebola virus in the three counties, adding that, “We will have a success story when these children continue to educate their friends and family members using fliers and mega phones in the same community.”

Mr. Konneh urged the beneficiaries to avoid the issue of accepting visitors and family members in the wake of fighting the Ebola virus, stating some of them would be carriers of the epidemic.

In an inclusive interview, the executive director of Defence for Children International-Liberia, Foday Kawah said the Ebola awareness and sensitizations campaign by the women group and girls club will help reduce the issue of transmission of the virus.

“The Defence for Children’s beneficiaries have been trained to carry on door to door awareness and distributing fliers to houses, and also education of our people in the local dialects to ensure that we kick Ebola out of Liberia at the end of the state of emergency announced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.”

Mr. Kawah further explained that after distributing the anti-Ebola buckets and other materials, there is a need for door-to-door campaign in the communities that would stop the issue of denial and increase community participation in the fight against the virus.

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