PCI Takes Ebola Fight To Bong, Nimba
The Project Concern International has continued its fight against the deadly Ebola disease in Bong and Nimba Counties.
It can be recalled in recent time that the organization donated Anti-Ebola sanitizing materials in the Salala, Suakoko, Sanoyea, and several other districts with some community radio stations receiving one drum of gasoline and 100 United States dollars donation from the organization.
Project concern international has already held series of training in the Salala and Sanoyea Districts as part of its objective of impacting over 150 awareness teens; especially underprivileged women household.
During the 1st 2nd and 3rd rounds of distribution, PCI executive disclosed that they had developed a work plan that would reach several communities with high infection of the deadly virus. As part of that commitment, the non- governmental institution has already provided sanitizing and Anti- Ebloa materials in those areas including the Taylor Town Community which has been quarantined as the result of providing 26 suspected cases with 7 deaths in recent time.
Officials of the PCI reiterated that the donation is their own way of identifying with what they called lee-privilege women and children who are direct victims of the virus.
Speaking with reporters in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 after a successful task force meeting at the Phebe Hospital in Bong County, the Country Representative of the organization, Madam Jolene M. Mullins-MPH said the Liberia Agricultural upgrading, Nutrition, and Child Health (LAUNCH) program which from mothers’ groups like this one which has been working since 2010 to mend a society broken by years of civil war. Between 1989 and 2003 successive civil wars left half of the Liberian population food insecure and lacking access to safe water sanitation, and health services.
She further explained that the LAUNCH is also working to empower tens of thousands of Liberian’s most vulnerable, to lift them out of poverty. USAID food for peace program, which is implemented by ACDI/VOCA, Project Concern International (PCI), John Snow Inc (JSI), and Making Cents International (MCI), supports the US government’s feed the future initiative.
The program also repairs infrastructure; improves water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), teaches farmers more efficient agricultural methods; and council mothers on boosting child and maternal nutrition. Most importantly, it brings community members together to address some of their most dire development problems while fostering strength through deep-seated bonds.
Madam Mullins further said that more than seven percent of the children die before their 5th birthdays in Liberia. In an effort to boost maternal and children nutrition, LAUNCH brings mothers together to educate them on some important health issues.
Meanwhile, Madam Jolene M. Mullins noted that the program is also training health facility workers on child health and provides more than 89,000 Liberia’s most vulnerable women and children with healthy food such as corn-soy, blend packets, bulgur wheat, and yellow peas among others.
She therefore used the occasion to urge members of the organization and Liberians as large and communities affected by the disease to remain committed in the fight of the virus and warned women to follow all preventive measures put forward by the health workers.