The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia on Tuesday launched an emergency Ebola program response in the township of West Point under the theme, “Saving Lives and Restoring Livelihoods in West Point.”
The aim of the YMCA’s project is to prevent the further spread of Ebola and address the impact of the outbreak there. It is also intended to influence communities to respond properly by taking positive actions that will prevent the further spread of the disease.
Mr. E. Edward Gboe, YMCA Liberia’s national general secretary, who gave the overview, said the project, will train peer educators to support outreach activities in the community and set up emergency communication centers to provide relevant information required to promote awareness on the prevention and spread of Ebola.
The project will influence and affect communities properly to respond by taking actions that will prevent the further spread of the disease and improve access to livelihoods of youth and selected vulnerable people, including female-headed households.
According to him, YMCA will also hold Town hall meetings to engage community on conflict issues as a result of Ebola, while also providing livelihood support and food security for West Pointers which will include food for work, food supplies to vulnerable households within West Point and Livelihood recovery through support to 175 women and young people affected by the Ebola outbreak, to enable them to restart income generation activities.
Under the program, Mr. Gboe said, the Liberia YMCA will coordinate with the Ministry of Health and other health sector organizations, particularly Medecins Sans Frontier (MSF) to train health workers on surveillance and reporting.
The YMCA Liberia’s NGS disclosed that the program will be implemented over a period of one year from October 10, 2014 to March 31, 2015 in West Point only.
During this period, 6,068 direct beneficiaries will be reached in the township, he said.
Declaring the project officially open in West Point, the chairman of the Board of the Liberia-YMCA, Mr. Jonathan A. Mason, urged the West Pointers to make good use of the project.
He said the YMCA is ensuring that the people of West Point live a better life.
Earlier in her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Miatta Flowers, Commissioner of the township commended the YMCA for the gesture and promised that they will work along with them to implement the project.
Mrs. Flowers also called on West Pointers to fully cooperate with leadership of the YMCA to ensure that project is fully implemented.
The Liberia YMCA Ebola Program response is funded by Comic relief through Y-Care International based in the United Kingdom.