LIBERIA: Teachers Launch Campaign Against Stigmatization of Ebola Survivors

PHOTO CAPTION: LIBERIA EDUCATION MINSTER -The Paynesville Private School Teachers Association (PPSTA) has launched an anti-stigmatization campaign against Ebola survivors and their relatives in Paynesville and its environs.

According to the Co-Chairman of the PPSTA, Romeo B. Sondah, the campaign is intended to create awareness in the communities so that residents can desist from stigmatizing those who have survived the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia.

Sondah made the statement Saturday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency shortly after the Association presented anti-Ebola materials including soap and chlorine to the Jacob Town Police Depot in Paynesville outside Monrovia.

He observed that stigmatization against Ebola survivors is becoming alarming in some communities, and that serious awareness was needed to educate the public that Ebola survivors are not carriers of the virus and hence should not be stigmatized.

He said while it is true that the infection rate of the Ebola epidemic is reducing in the country, the stigma rate against survivors is increasing in communities across the country and that there was need to combat it.

Sondah stressed that the Association will intensify anti-stigmatization campaigns in communities in Montserrado County to ensure that Ebola survivors are not denied participation in the socio-economic development of Liberia.

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