The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has begun identifying with all Ebola survivors and women who lost their husbands during the Ebola crisis in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount.
Speaking in Tubmanburg, Bomi County during the presentation of the items to the Bomi County Health Team, UNFPA Assistant Representative Dr. Philderald Pratt said Ebola survivors, particularly women and girls needed special care. “We all know the physical and psychological impact of Ebola on survivors as well as family members. Restoring some dignity to these survivors is what UNFPA is devoted to be a part of”, Dr. Pratt said.
He also used the occasion to present a consignment of reproductive health kits and 66 solar powered lights to the Bomi County Health Team for use among health facilities in the county. He said the donation of the reproductive health kits which are for the treatment of rape, clean and safe delivery of pregnant women, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, STIs was part of UNFPA’s support to the restoration of basic health services in the country.
Also speaking, Mrs. Patricia Jallah-Scott, UNFPA Gender Program Officer, said the initiative is aimed at empowering Ebola survivors and women who lost their husbands to the deadly virus beginning with Bomi and Cape Mount.
She said, “Many of their belongings were destroyed and they need such assistance to help restart their lives.”
Mrs. Jallah-Scott further stated that the initiative is intended to help women as many of them were severely impacted during the outbreak.
“We are giving them the dignity kits, including mattresses, tissue, Clorox washing soap, T-shirts, cream, bed-sheets, lappas and tooth paste, among others. We want them to start up with these and rebuild their lives after Ebola,” she stated.
She further explained that many of the survivors and widows, due to the epidemic, would find it difficult to restart their lives and hope that they can see the restoration packages as a helping hand from UNFPA.
According to the UNFPA official, their initiative will cover six counties, including Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties at the cost of US$250,000, with a focus on girls, women and widows, who were affected by the epidemic.
She called on the recipients to see the dignity kits as a symbol in understanding that life is still ahead and they must fight to overcome some of the many challenges caused by the epidemic.
In remarks, the director of Community Health Department in Cape Mount, John Kallon, expressed gratitude to the UNFPA Family for reaching out to all widows and Ebola survivors in the county.
Mr. Kallon further stressed that various recipients as named by the Program Officer for Gender (UNFPA) will appreciate the efforts and support to give them the hope that their lives can still be better after Ebola.
In remarks, Promise Lamine, a survivor, expressed her gratitude to the UNFPA for reaching out to Ebola survivors in Tubmanburg.
Promise, 33, who currently works at the Bomi Ebola Treatment Unit, lost her two children, husband and mother to the Ebola virus disease.
She explained, “I lost my mother, husband and two children to Ebola and don’t have any one to depend on anymore in life.”
Several beneficiaries, including Fatin Sheriff, Patience Kamara, Bendu Kamara, among others, expressed gratitude to UNFPA for supporting Ebola survivors and widows.