The Robert Bosch Foundation, a German-based charity organization, has provided a US$147,000 grant to fight the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. The money was given to Face Africa, an international organization providing water, sanitation and hygiene services in Rivercess County…one of the poorest counties in Liberia.
The money, according to a statement issued by Face Africa, will be used to provide quick respond to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Rivercess County.
The Funds are expected to scale up the organization’s Ebola response activities as well as to continue its community outreach and Ebola prevention campaigns in the county.
Face Africa has been operating in Liberia for the last five years, providing (WASH) services to remote, rural communities, more specifically in Rivercess County, one of the poorest and most marginalized counties in the country.
“Face Africa’s initial response efforts in Rivercess were successful in prevention and infection control, but we now have to aggressively scale up our response to prepare the county for a possible worst-case scenario,” said Ms. Saran Kaba Jones, Face Africa’s Founder and CEO.
When the EVD outbreak started to intensify in July 2014, Face Africa temporarily suspended its WASH operations and redirected all efforts and resources towards an Ebola Response in Rivercess, a county of approximately 71,000 people located in the southeastern region of Liberia.
She added that Face Africa had been working in partnership with the local Rivercess County Health Team, other organizations with its extensive local knowledge and deep-rooted community trust that began working since July on social mobilization, prevention and awareness programs.
Face Africa had also distributed hygiene kits in several dozen communities, and held several public engagement activities to counter damaging rumor, fear and misunderstanding about the virus.
The CEO emphasized that Face Africa will also provide administrative and logistical support to the Rivercess County Health Team, train local volunteers as contact tracers and resume delivery of essential WASH services to those who need it most.
The group will also train 400-500 volunteers from various community groups including (women, youth, traditional Leaders and faith- based) who will go door-to-door in their own communities as well as in neighboring towns to disseminate anti-Ebola messages.
Face Africa’s Ebola Response campaign has promised to target all eight districts in Rivercess and plans to directly reach at least 25,000 residents in Rivercess (roughly 3,000 households) with awareness and prevention messages.