A documentation that is expected to highlight challenges facing female Ebola survivors and how to resolve those constraints will shortly be launched in the country by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), donor partners and several government Ministries in the country.
Making the disclosure at a daylong forum in Tubmanburg, Bomi County recently, Mrs. Rosana Shaack, executive director of Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK), said her organization had already begun collating information from Ebola survivors, especially females who, she said, had gone through traumatic situations at different Ebola Treatment Units (ETU), and were experiencing stigmatization from community dwellers.
“UNFPA, Swedish government, Ministries of Gender and Development, Health and other donor partners really want to document what you people are facing, after been discharged from your various ETUs and how best they can help to integrate you into the communities without experiencing stigmatization,” Madam Shaacks said.
“This forum is intended for our partners to know your situations and how they can help you find a way to solve them,” she added. “You have to share your experiences and what is affecting you most, after you left your ETU centers.”
The THINK executive director continued, “They want to know how you have been surviving and coping with your post-Ebola trauma as well as life in your communities.”
Madam Shaack pointed out that “neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone are still affected with the Ebola virus, and as such, Liberians need to practice still the preventive measures prescribed by the health authorities.
She then lauded government and the Bomi County Health Team for their efforts to help contain the deadly virus in the county.
According to her, she would extend the exercise to several other counties, naming Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Bong, Nimba and Montserrado as initial ones.
These activities, she said, which run from March 9-21 are being funded by the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA).