Combating the Spread of Ebola in Liberia
Along the Liberia-Guinea border, where six suspected Ebola cases have occurred, the USAID-funded IWASH program is delivering materials to prevent potential spread of disease. These facilities are the front line in responding to the Ebola outbreak in the border area.
The IWASH team, with staff from Ministry of Health and Public Works, visited clinics and the district hospital in Foya, delivering gloves, face masks, and disinfectant, soap. Materials were also delivered for launching a hygiene promotion campaign in the clinics and surrounding communities to promote healthy behaviors to prevent disease transmission.
“We met with the WHO surveillance team and the District Health Officer to discuss the priorities and then began supplying facilities closest to the border,” said Piet deVries, team leader for the IWASH program. “Tomorrow we will continue and work with the community health volunteers to do community hygiene promotion work.”
IWASH has been working with Government of Liberia partners in Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties improving community access to water, sanitation and hygiene for 4 years. The program is implemented by Global Communities and PSI.