Senior managers from the Headquarters, UK and USA offices of the development organisation Plan International will be visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone from 12th to 16th January 2015.
While in Sierra Leone and Liberia, they will visit Plan’s emergency response programs and meet with staff and express their thanks to them for their unfailing support as they battle to help eradicate the disease hitting the West Africa region.
During the visit the senior managers will also meet with government representatives and donor partners as well as local Communities affected by the virus. They will pay special attention to their feedback from those communities about what their on-going needs are.
Plan International is on the ground fighting the outbreak in communities across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone through public health information campaigns – including radio broadcasts; by providing medical kits, distributing food aid, training health workers in effective infection control procedures, and setting-up hand washing stations at schools, health posts and other public facilities to help keep families safe.
“Since early November, our Ebola Community Care Units have been contributing to the struggle against the Ebola virus. Plan has set up water and sanitation facilities and functioning water supplies for the new units; contracted caterers to provide food for the patients and staff and put in place a system to ensure the payment of the health workers in the Units,” said Jonathan Mitchell, Director of International Programmes for Plan.
“This visit, will be an opportunity to see what is happening on the ground and to review our strategy if need be, even if until now it seems working well. Plan has delivered a variety of supplies including personal protective equipment, basic drugs, beds, fuel, food and buckets and is also providing logistic support and transportation for staff and patients. Plan is doing everything it can to ensure safe, secure functioning of the care units”, added Mitchell.