The Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH) yesterday began distributing assorted medical supplies to several privately-owned clinics in and around Monrovia.
SEARCH’s effort is in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC). The aim is to provide protection and livelihood assistance for urban refugees and asylum seekers as well as to put an end to the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia.
These are people otherwise referred to as needy persons that mainly reside in Montserrado County.
SEARCH program coordinator, Jacob M. Zahye, who presented the items to heads of the clinics yesterday on behalf of SEARCH executive director Sondah Geepea-Wilson, said the key component of the protection assistance is the provision of medical services to the persons of concern namely the refugees.
SEARCH, a locally-based non-governmental organization (NGO), operates with the vision and objective to see a Liberia where the children will have opportunities for today, and hope for the future.
Their mission is to create an environment for the protection and participation of children and putting first the best interest of the child.
Before making the presentation, Mr. Zahye remembered how the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country rendered most of the primary and secondary health facilities non-functional, but few others remained open to the public.
With that, he said, SEARCH and the UNHCR signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with five active clinics around Monrovia for urban refugees and asylum seekers to have access to their facilities.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the items for their intended purposes as they were intended to enhance the capacity of the clinics to provide quality services to the refugees and residents of the host communities.
“We appreciate the services you are rendering and continue to render to the patients, particularly during the peak of the outbreak in the country,” Mr. Zahye asserted.
The five clinics that benefited from the SEARCH’s distribution yesterday are Mariama Z. Brown Clinic in Brewerville and the Faith Clinic on ‘Hotel Africa’ Road, outside Monrovia.
Others are Peace Clinic on the Old Road, Grace D. Wallace on Duport Road, and the Islamic and Surgical Medical Clinic in Point Four.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mariama Z. Brown Clinic Accountant, Eleanor D. Marshall, and Faith Clinic Administrator, Jatu Boakai, expressed gratitude to SEARCH and her partners for the supplies, which they described as “valuable and timely.”
They promised to use the items received for the purposes intended.