A Liberian organization identified as Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH), aims to provide psychosocial support to victims of natural disasters and traumatic events like the Ebola epidemic.
Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr., executive director of RESH disclosed that the psychosocial aspect of the war against the deadly Ebola virus was either non-existent or neglected with no attention from the stakeholders.
He said RESH intends to provide quality counseling for patients and clinical staff combating the horrific impacts of the Ebola epidemic.
The organization is training volunteers to carry out its mission under the theme “Empowering to Serve.” It recently held a three-day workshop for 50 volunteers at the Amos Taybior Institute in Paynesville. The volunteers are mainly from the Bassa Town Community.
The volunteers are being trained in counseling Ebola survivors, relatives, community members and clinical staff.
Subjects covered during the workshop included Community Sensitization and Significance in Psychosocial Supports, Trauma Counseling, Grief Counseling and Introduction to Temperament Analysis: An Effective Tool in the Health Profession.
The executive director, speaking at the conclusion of the workshop, urged the volunteers to use their newly acquired skills to give back to humanity by way of counseling Ebola survivors and victims in the Bassa Town community. He charged that they would be on the wrong side of history if they did nothing to help after acquiring the counseling skills.
He assured the workshop participants that refresher training will be provided by both RESH and its partners in order to keep volunteers abreast of the tasks ahead.
Mr. Smith appealed to other humanitarian organizations and UN agencies operating in the country to provide support to his entity to ensure that its work is expanded throughout the country.
RESH’s Coordinator, who is himself a psychosocial counselor, social worker and freelance psychosocial author and poet, facilitated the workshop.