LIBERIA: Save The Children Pledges To Sustain Partnership In Ebola Fight

The humanitarian non-governmental organization, Save the Children, says to further demonstrate the partnership with Liberia especially during this difficult period, a ship load of assorted anti-Ebola materials are expected to arrive in the country on November 20.

The Interim Country Director of Save the Children, Mr. Greg Ramm, disclosed that the anti-Ebola materials were donated by the Government the Netherlands as additional assistance to Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus.

Ramm also assured that it will continue to be a trusted partner to Liberia in child protection in this difficult period.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the organization made the commitment when a three-member delegation headed by former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office on Friday, November 14.

Other members of the delegation were Interim Liberia Country Director Greg Ramm and Sabine Copinga from Save the Children Netherlands.

Briefing the Liberian leader about the organization’s partnership with the country in the Ebola fight, Ramm said Save the Children has constructed an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Suakoko, Bong County and is currently constructing another one in Kakata, Margibi County.

He disclosed that Save the Children continues to sponsor anti-Ebola radio messages to encourage Liberians to adhere to the measures put in place by health authorities in response to fear that a change in behavior would undermine the gains made in the fight against Ebola.

Besides the fight against the virus,  Ramm expressed his institution’s concern about regular health care especially for children, and promised additional funding in this direction.

He also promised his organization’s continued support to orphans created by the Ebola outbreak.

Mr. Ramm hailed the President Sirleaf administration for the new law passed recently that places the Bureau of Social Warfare and Children under the Ministry of Gender.

According to him, the new Gender Ministry will further help his organization to reach out to children and their welfare expeditiously, as dealing with two ministries – Gender and Health – as was in the past hampered their program by taking too much time in reaching out to children.

In response, President Sirleaf recounted the longstanding ties between Liberia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, noting that they have always been helpful to Liberia in good and bad times. She expressed thanks and appreciation to them on behalf of the Liberian people.

The Liberian leader reiterated her call for a more inclusive community level approach in the Ebola fight.

She wants the community-based approach expanded and the number of participants increased in order to continue to identify and report sick people in these communities which she believes has helped greatly in the past months, according to the press release.

Save the Children is an international NGO working with children in over 120 countries. Their primary focus is to save children's lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential. The organization has been operating in Liberia for more than 20 years.


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