August 6, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Following the launch by President Ernest Bai Koroma of the six-to-nine months Post-Ebola recovery delivery plan, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has stated that the plan would target some 36,500 Ebola victims in the country.
Mustapha Bai Attilla made this statement over the weekend at the Sierra Leone Teachers Union Hall in Makeni during a consultative meeting with partners.
According to him, the targeted victims would include some 11,000 Ebola orphans, plus 4,000 widows and pregnant teenage girls and persons with disabilities.
Attila said to ensure effective implementation his ministry would collaborate with partners to identifying priority activities in all the districts across the country, and that both the Office of the Chief of Staff and Office of the President would be fully updated about progress and challenges.
The deputy minister added that they have established a presidential delivery team, which includes staff from his ministry.
He disclosed they were engaged in the recruitment and training of monitoring and evaluation officers and data entry officers for the delivery plan, training of trainers on case management and psychosocial support.
Also making a statement, Technical Co-ordinator in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mary Rogers, said the government and its partners have been providing support to Ebola victims while waiting to get to zero.
She added that the education sector was greatly affected by the outbreak and that they would provide delivery assistant package together with a cash transfer to affected victims.
“We are going to recruit 200 social workers and provide salary for them and we have recruited fourteen monitoring and evaluation staff and fourteen data entry officers, and we are also going to strengthening the communication and information in data processing in all the districts,” she said.