Church Aid, Partners Conduct Ebola Awareness, Prevention And Psycho-Social Workshop

The Relief Arm of the New Water in the Desert, Church Aid Incorporated (CAI) along with its partners has conducted a one day Psycho-social training workshop for its Ebola monitors.

The workshop took place at the edifice of the New Water in the Desert Assembly in Brewerville with over 20 participants.

The workshop had three facilitators: Mr. Boniface S. Kolee from the Ebola Psycho-social team, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; Ms. Rosenaire T. Tuopay from the Health team/Health Promotion team, Ministry of Health and Ms. Precious T. George, Health Promoter Trainer, Ministry of Health.

Mr. Kolee spoke on lots of issues beginning with the importance of First Aid, who it should be provided for and who should provide it.

He further said psycho-social first aid providers should be trained people who have the expertise in such area. “The Psycho-social field is a practical approach and not just the theory as many people may look at it to be,” he said.

The Psycho-social expert said there is a need to attend to those who have been traumatized by the deadly Ebola virus, stating that psycho-social is a human supportive system for those who have been affected by the virus.

He also explained that the society has to do away with stigmatizing the Ebola survivors and keep encouraging them to regain their hope.

“Why should we be afraid of the Ebola survivors when they are safer than people who have not contracted the virus? In fact people who have not contracted the virus stand at more risk than the survivors,” he said.

He warned the survivors most especially the males to observe the 90 days period without sex in order to help eradicate the epidemic from Liberia.

Mr. Kolee called on the religious leaders and community dwellers to integrate the survivors into the communities.

He concluded by thanking the Government of Liberia for her efforts and support during the time of the national crisis.

For his part, the Monitoring and Evaluation Office (M&E) said the purpose of the workshop was to enhance the skills of the door-to-door monitors in the fight against Ebola.

He said Church Aide is working in collaboration with its partners, Geneva Global, Capital for Good and Ebola Grid Rung to help flush the virus out of Liberia.

Mr. Cooper said the monitors will be sent to five communities including the VOA Community, Banjor Community, Vunzuan Community, Senje in Grand Cape Mount, Klay in Bomi Counties and Parker Corner Community which was added for this new project.

He further said that an estimated cost of over US$20, 000 was made available by CAI partners for this project.

“We are targeting semi orphans; meaning children who have lost one of their parents to the virus”. He said they are going to provide them short and long term needs, stating that they will help to provide food and assorted items.

The M & E Officer explained that they are going to provide counseling and meeting the needs of victims of the Ebola virus.

He expresses thanks to the Ministry of Health and called for everyone to join hands to make Liberia Ebola-free.