The Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) have entered into a US$50,000 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The football house went into the partnership agreement with the Red Cross, a non-governmental and international organization, as of request from the world football governing body – FIFA, to implement its assistance for the fight against the pandemic.
The MOU was signed on Tuesday, February 10 in the Conference Room of the LNRCS, on Lynch Street in Monrovia.
Mr. Fayiah Tamba, the Secretary General of the Liberian Red Cross and LFA Chief Scribe Alphonso B. Armah signed for their respective organizations.
According to the MOU, the two parties have agreed to cooperate and collaborate for the successful implementation of the goals of FIFA to help eradicate Ebola from the country. The duration for the FIFA’s project in the fight against Ebola is four months – February to May.
The MOU states that US$25,000 shall be used for operational matters, such as: transportation, volunteers, Lone Star Players and allowances, lodging and feeding, etc for all; and the remaining US$25,000 shall be used to purchase paramedics.
“That FIFA flag and other LOGOS as well as LNRCS emblems shall be flown and displayed at all of the awareness programs; and that selected LFA staff, former Lone Star players and LNRCS volunteers shall be used in the implementation of the awareness within the three counties earmarked,” the MOU said.
Madam Precious L. Dennis, head of programs at the LNRC said the Liberian National Red Cross is pleased to partner with the LFA to continue the fight to reach zero infection rate.
Madam Dennis said the LNRC is a voluntary humanitarian organization and an auxiliary to the Liberian government to provide relief assistance to vulnerable people affected by conflicts, disasters and epidemic, like the Ebola.
The Secretary General of the LFA, Mr. B. Alphonso Armah said the partnership between the two institutions is in furtherance of the mutual and amicably relationship, evidence by the Red Cross medical support during the LFA Leagues.
For his part, the Secretary General of the Red Cross, Mr. Fayiah Tamba described the partnership of the LFA as a “very thorough thought-through.”
He indicated that the Red Cross is grateful to collaborate with the LFA to tackle the deadly Ebola Virus, and assure the LFA of their commitment.
There would also be a mobile awareness in each district of the three counties; distribution of hygienic kits or medicines to be climaxed with supervision and monitoring visits amongst others.
Besides the anti-Ebola messages on leaflets and banners, this is the first national campaign of the LFA against the Virus since the outbreak in June — the LFA was the first private sports organization to suspend all activities on the 27th of June 2015.