UNFPA, Partners Donate US$57K Kits to Ebola Survivors, Widows & Others

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK) Inc.,  and partners has donated US$57,000 worth of items including 150 mattresses, anti -Ebola materials and women’s items to Ebola survivors, widows and victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)  in Kakata, Margibi county.

Making the donation last Friday, the Executive Director of THINK, Rosana D.H. Schaack, said the donation to Ebola survivors, widows, victims of SGBV was to put smiles on their faces by encouraging them that there is still hope despite the difficulties they went through.

She said the donation is targeting females within six counties, including Cape Mount, Bomi, Lofa, Nimba, Bong and Margibi counties.

“We are providing the dignity kits to female survivors, because the women are 90% at risk in all of the following problems and they need more attention in order to get them back on their feet,” she said.

The donation included over 150 mattresses and 150 bags that included women’s items.

Receiving the items Mrs. Martha S. Bull, GBV Focus Person for Margibi County Health Team thanked UNFPA and partners for their support.

She said the decision taken by the UNFPA and partners to help the women was timely and would forever be remembered.

An Ebola survivor Tina Varney thanked UNFPA and partners for putting smiles on their faces and making them believe that they are still part of the society.

“I came in contact with this virus when my sister’s husband came from Nimba with heavy sickness and it all started when he was taken to the hospital and later died of the virus. In two weeks I lost a total of seven persons from my family, including my mother.

“I was also taken to the MSF-ETU and it was by the grace of God that I am alive today,” Tina explained.

She spoke about stigmatization that she said must be looked into, as far as Ebola survivors are concerned.

She explained that following her release from the ETU several friends no longer interact with her and she has been the center of their discussion as an Ebola carrier.

She further explained how her mother fell seriously sick and at the clinic nurses refused to touch her.  As a result, “I brought my mother home and she died within two days.”

She praised WFP and UNFPA for their support to Ebola survivors in the country adding, “We always have food because WFP provides us with food every one to two weeks and now we have mattresses which will make us have a comfortable rest.  This shows us that we are truly part of the society.”

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