As a means to put an end to the current deadly Ebola disease in the Country, an International Non-Governmental Organisation, Christian Aid, yesterday launched 45 days response action and donated some medical equipment for the fight against Ebola.
The donation was made to the Western Urban District Health Medical Team at Cline Town through the Methodist Church Sierra Leone (MCSL) and Network of People with HIV (Nethips) as operating partners working with Christian Aid.
According to Eustace Mensah, Christian Aid strongly believes in life before death, which is why they work globally in 45 countries to ensure that they always help the people who are in the lead, adding that Christian Aid has also adopted a partnership strategy which firmly put their local partners in the lead in all their work.
He maintained that the launch of the 45 days response action aimed at complementing the on-going effort of Government and development partners to raise awareness among Sierra Leoneans on the Ebola disease country wide, disclosing that the Ebola Response action is implemented at a total cost of GBP 149, 974.00 (One hundred and forty-nine thousand nine hundred and seventy-four GBP) from START through Christian Aid, targeting ten districts across the country including Kailahun, Kenema, Bo, Port Loko, Kambia, Kono, Koinadugu, Pujehun, Western Urban and Rural.
Eustace Mensah disclosed that the core activities of START funded emergency response includes the provision of chlorine, disposable gloves, training and provision of logistic to community health volunteers, megaphones with batteries, trainings to be conducted by DHMTs, incentive support to volunteers for sensitization actions by distributing posters/fliers depicting various approved messages from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Ebola, airing of radio jingles on 14 selected radio station across the targeted districts.
The District Health Procurement Officer, Gradin Kallone, states that the donated items came at the right time to the DHMTs across the country as part of the package including some aspect of training which is welcoming information to the health sector, disclosing that they are face with problems in social mobilization in the area of airing of jingles, problems with active surveillance as there are rumours and denials distracting the message of Ebola which can only be overcome with active man power in information dissemination
According to the Western Area District Health Sister, Christiana B. Massally, express thanks and appreciation to the donor partners for the good gesture in the help on the fight against Ebola, explaining that the medical equipment donated are appropriate for the fight country wide which according to her is not an easy task as medical officers are expose to the virus and that they have already lost some of their colleagues through the virus
Launching the 45 days response action and handing over the medical equipment to the Western Urban DHMT at Cline Town, the Country Manager of Christian Aid, Madam Jeanne Kamara, states that they at Christian Aid thought it fit to come to the aid of the people of Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, which is why they decided to contact their international partners who responded within 24 hours by providing the available fund which was used to purchase the medical equipment and will be utilised for the various training programmes
She disclosed that in ensuring they successful distribute the items to the various districts, they will be operating with five of their local partners including MCSL, Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND), Rehabilitation and Development Agency (RADA) and Network of People with HIV (Nethips), adding that Christian Aid strongly believes in accountability, which is why they will be sending their monitoring team to visit all the DHMTs that will receive the donated items, to ensure they are effectively utilised.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Wednesday July 23, 2014