President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended AmeriCares for its numerous interventions in the country, especially during the Ebola period.
The Liberian leader named the provision of medical equipment, medicines and services to crucial health facilities as key interventions made by the group during the Ebola crisis.
She made the commendation last Friday at her Foreign Ministry office during a meeting with an AmeriCares delegation from the United States, headed by its chief executive officer and President, Michael Nyenhuis.
The President reminded the delegation that Liberia is moving quickly from treatment to a sustainable infection control health system and requested that the group’s intervention must align and reflect the healthcare program being developed by the Liberian government.
“Sending help to countries in crisis is a very good thing, but it is sometimes important to be on the ground. This is exactly what AmeriCares has done in Liberia,” President Sirleaf said.
AmeriCares’ CEO Nyenhuis, in remarks earlier, expressed gratefulness for being able to work with the Health Ministry during a critical time in the country’s history.
He pointed out that just over a year ago AmeriCares identified Liberia as an operational area because of the great potential of the country, the credible and effective leadership of President Sirleaf and the compelling needs of the Liberian people.
“In the next few months,” he said, “AmeriCares work focused mainly in Grand Bassa County, where assistance will be targeted to the upgrading of the Government-run hospital in Buchanan, support maternal child health and ensure protection and safety of healthcare workers.”
He told President Sirleaf that the group is about to assess schools in Grand Bassa to make interventions in the water and sanitation sectors as schools are about to re-open in the country.
He also advised that ETUs constructed around the country remain intact until the Ebola crisis in Liberia is declared over by the relevant professional bodies.
“With many of the trained ETU workers now available with less work to be done, we intend to deploy them as mobile health workers to provide services to rural communities where the need for regular healthcare services may be important,” Mr. Nyenhuis pointed out.
Other members of AmeriCares’ delegation included the vice president for Global Partners, Mr. Garrett Ingoglia; county director David Prettyman, and gifts-in-kind coordinator, Ms. Masmina Sirleaf.
Founded in 1982, AmeriCares is a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization providing immediate response to emergency medical needs and supporting long-term healthcare initiatives in the United States and abroad.
The organization, which mainly provides medical supplies, has been very instrumental in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).