We recognize that trust and community-buy in are assets in times of widespread crisis. Our partners are well-positioned to play a role in mobilizing community support. They meet people at their level, in their language -- de-mystifying EBV and promoting the necessary steps to interrupt its reach. Your donations will support the work of these four organizations. There are many more that can benefit from your support. We will integrate them on the platform once we surpass our initial goal of supporting these four organizations.
In addition to supporting families with food and cash assistance, Africare will work with community stakeholders in Nimba and Bong counties to improve prevention, identification, and monitoring practices. Africare will also launch messaging campaigns in partnership with local community and government leaders, adapting Ministry of Health and WHO resources so they are easily understood. The messaging campaigns will focus on non-contact communications like radio, television and visual media such as billboards, print materials, and fliers.
Working directly with the Rivercess County Health Team, FACE Africa will target all 8 districts of rural Rivercess County and reach roughly 3,000 households through social mobilization programs focused on prevention and infection control at the community level. It will also distribute hygiene kits, train its local WASH Committee to assist in county efforts to trace and monitor active cases of EVD using the Ministry of Health guidelines and provide a stable supply of personal protective equipment to frontline responders in the county.
THINK will use the support to found a transit center for children and adolescents affected by the virus that houses them for the advised 21-day period of observation to diagnose Ebola. Then, it will facilitate referral to treatment or integration into foster families. THINK will train foster parents and alternative care providers. It will provide food and cash assistance, and conduct regular monitoring visits to facilitate the transition.
In addition to providing families with food and sanitation kits, HOPE’s emphasis is on equipping community leaders with appropriate knowledge and tools to conduct first response and ongoing support to quarantined and at high-risk communities. HOPE will coordinate and train networks of community leaders in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Bomi counties to spread prevention education and identify at-risk and active cases for monitoring and psychosocial support.
Working in the northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali, hardest hit by the virus, AAD will conduct ongoing Ebola education with support from the Ministry of Health and community leaders. AAD will focus on direct services to women and children affected by Ebola, providing emergency food and clothing, psychosocial support, and recreational activities for children in quarantine and adversely impacted by Ebola. AAD will also host a weekly radio program to connect family members in quarantine and in treatment centers, and break stigma about Ebola.