Liberian Vice President Office Receive Gates Foundation Research Grant

{LINA} – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has deposited the US$1,495,650 research grant awarded to the Office of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai into its account.

According to a communication from the office of the Vice President, the money has been subsequently transferred into the account of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning which the Vice President has directed to serve as fiduciary agent.

“To ensure proper accountability, I have directed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to supervise and manage the funds,” the communication quoted the Vice President as saying.

“As fiduciary agent of the project, the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Finance will ensure compliance and execution of the project in line with the project document,” the communication indicated.

In December 2015, the Office of Vice President Boakai and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signed an agreement for a Research Grant totaling US$1.495 million.

The Grant will be used to underwrite the cost of researching and publishing a study on challenges and hindrances of community reintegration of survivors of deadly diseases.

According to a release issued by the Office of the Vice President, the perception study and the accompanying intervention will be conducted to discover how people perceive Ebola, and what factors might influence their perceptions, and what types of care and support survivors need to enhance their reintegration into society,

The project will be implemented by the Center for Liberia’s Future headed by Dr. Emmanuel Dolo and will run for a period of 18 months.

The proposed work will cover all 15 counties and will include some villages, towns, and cities, both rural and urban. The study population will include at least 1,000 adults residing in villages, towns, and cities across Liberia.

A multistage sampling technique will be used and in the first stage, one urban county will be selected along with two large size rural counties and one medium size one.

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