The Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) and its partners on Tuesday conducted an assessment tour of Mercy Corps Ebola Community Action Projects (ECAP) and also pre-tested its ‘Ebola Must Go’ jingoes to be used as an effective way to create awareness in Ebola affected countries.
The tour, video pre-testing, distribution of Anti- Ebola supplies and community engagement program were held in the Borough of New Kru Town with the aim of spreading Ebola awareness through Jingoes and active community engagement to fight the virus.
During the occasion, Liberia Crusaders for Peace executive director, Amb. Juli Endee, said community engagement is crucial to ensure that people in all corners of Liberia remain vigilant and know what to do in the case of an outbreak, especially by listening to the music, drama and watching the movies.
She informed the gathering that partners working on the project include Shalom in Grand Bassa, EQUIP Liberia, ADII in Bong, Bomi and Montserrado and RHG-L in Bong and Montserrado.
Although there has been a massive decline of infections in the country, there is need to work together to ensure that the virus is totally eradicated from our country, said Amb. Endee.
She encouraged the residents of New Kru Town to work assiduously for the protection from and prevention of the virus in their community.
Also speaking, the program manager of EQUIP Liberia, Emmanuel N. Kemen, said the fight against the EVD is a national, international, family, community and individual issue that needs active community engagement. This is the best approach to eradicate the Ebola virus from the country, he advised.
The EQUIP executive said “Ebola is our common enemy, no matter who you are and where you come from.”
Mercy Corps communications manager, Laura Keenan, said Liberians are showing energy and creativity in the fight against the Ebola virus.
She encouraged Liberians to continue the fight as complacency will lead to the recurrence of the virus.
She thanked LCP for producing the jingoes which she described as an easy means to communicate with citizens.
“Some of our people don’t read and write, but through the drama, movies and songs, they understand the meaning and do their best to keep safe,” the Mercy Corps boss asserted.
For her part, the executive director of SHALOM Inc. Mrs. Pate K. Chon, said community initiative is very important because it helps residents to carry on the fight in their own communities.
“Ebola is leaving Liberia with good sanitation habits. Let us continue to abide by the preventive measures by washing our hands frequently, refraining from touching and engaging in traditional practices,” she admonished.