Save the Children Recommits to Ebola Fight

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Save the Children, a humanitarian organization based in the United Kingdom (UK), has renewed its support to Liberia in the ongoing Ebola crisis.

The organization made the commitment when a three-member delegation, headed by former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office over the weekend.

The delegation included interim country director-Liberia, Greg Ramm and Sabine Copinga, from Save the Children, Netherlands.

Briefing the President about the organization’s contribution to the Ebola fight, Mr. Ramm said Save the Children constructed an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Suakoko, Bong County and is currently constructing another in Kakata Margibi County.

Mr. Ramm disclosed that Save the Children continues to sponsor anti-Ebola radio messages to encourage Liberians to stick to the instructions given by health authorities for fear that reversing the new behaviors would undermine the gains made in the Ebola fight.

Prior to the Ebola outbreak, Save the Children has been contributing to the health sector, especially in the promotion of maternal and new born health. The organization has constructed numerous schools throughout the country.

As a further demonstration of partnership with Liberia in the Ebola crisis, the interim country director disclosed that a shipment of assorted anti-Ebola materials is expected to arrive in the country soon.

The materials were donated by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mr. Ramm also expressed his organization’s concern about regular health care especially for children and promised additional funding for that initiative.  He also pledged his organization’s continued support for orphans victimized by the Ebola outbreak.

Mr. Ramm said he is pleased with President Sirleaf’s new law placing the Bureau of Social Welfare and Children under the Ministry of Gender.

According to him, the new Gender Ministry will further help his organization to reach out expeditiously to children and their welfare.  He said that too much time was lost dealing with two Ministries – Gender and Health – which in the past hampered his organizations outreach to children.

President Sirleaf said that the Kingdom of the Netherlands had always been helpful to Liberia in good and bad times. She expressed thanks and appreciation, on behalf of the Liberian people.

She reiterated her call for a more inclusive community level approach in the Ebola fight. She wants the community-based approach expanded and the number of participants increased in order to continue to identify and report sick people in those communities.

Save the Children was founded in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, healthcare and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war and other conflicts.

The organization which has been operating in Liberia for more than 20 years, works with children in over 120 countries. Its primary focus is to save children's lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.

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