The response of DEC agencies and their partners to the Liberia crisis

News and Press Release
Originally published
- Small scale food aid distributions are increasing in camps for displaced people and accessible population centres across Monrovia.

- Supplementary feeding projects help revive the malnourished, especially children.

- Food aid distributions have included rice, oil, canned fish, salt, high-energy biscuits, seeds and groundnuts.

Water & Sanitation

- Water provided by rebuilding and chlorinating wells.

- Where there is no water supply, bladders and water trucking provided.

- Latrines constructed in camps to help limit the spread of disease.

- At least 12 water tanks, 4 pumps, 46 latrine blocks, 42 bathhouses and various plumbing works under construction.

- Hygiene kits provided to allow communities to keep their settlement free from rotting rubbish, waste water, faeces and other hazardous waste.

- Daily garbage disposal service in 15 temporary sites for displaced people, which aims to help reduce the threat of disease.

Healthcare & Medication

- Curative and preventative health centres are operational.

- Mother and child health centres, with delivery and consultation rooms are operational, along with an emergency vaccination programme. Measles vaccination has now reached 95% coverage amongst displaced families.

- Emergency referral systems and mobile clinics are operating where possible. Running at least one diarrhoea and cholera control unit, with a 24-bed capacity.

- JFK Hospital in Monrovia is the only major medical facility still functioning, and operates on between 25-30 patients per day. Three surgeons, an anaesthetist and two ward nurses work around the clock, supported by 120 local staff and volunteers.

- Basic drugs are available in some emergency health clinics.

- There are trauma and HIVcounselling services to sexually abused young women and girls. Healthcare counselling is available from clinics.

- There are plans for a demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration programme for 2,000 child soldiers.

Shelter, Displacement & Infrastructure

- Registers of lost children are being compiled in over 80 places of refuge in Monrovia and the surrounding area. Radio stations inform people of the service. Over 200 children have registered, and at least half are under 12 years of age.

- Tarpaulins are being provided to cover windows, fix roofs, and provide shelter from the rain. Buckets, jerry cans, mats and soap, kitchen sets, water containers, mosquito nets, cleaning equipment and supplies are supplied in some areas.