March 11, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
With support from UNDP and China Africa, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) over the weekend partnered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs to collect accurate data on Ebola survivors in the Western Area Rural and Urban for effective post-Ebola recovery strategy.
Making a statement during the registration of Ebola survivors in Waterloo, Programme Officer in the ministry, Joseph Dennis Koroma, stated that the registration of Ebola survivors could help them get feedback from the latter and design programmes to address their numerous needs.
He revealed that they would also interview survivors to know what livelihoods they pursued prior to contracting the disease, and the current state and status of their health, as well as whether they have experienced stigma.
“We want to get correct information from the survivors themselves and how we can respond to them during the post-Ebola period, like addressing their social problems. We are targeting about 250 people in the Western Area Rural District,” Koroma said.
Also making a statement, Assistant Programme Officer for CGG, Ibrahim Sesay, said that the organisation got support from the UNDP, China-Africa and Africa Women Development Fund to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
He said their goal is to get a data base of all Ebola survivors in the Western Area Rural and Urban so that during the post-Ebola period, they could easily get access to those that were infected by the disease.
Sesay noted that they have helped the government in the fight against the virus by providing foodstuff for quarantine homes in the Western Area Rural and Bombali district, with the aim of zero infection rate in the country.
One of the survivors, Mustapha T. Massaquoi, thanked the Social Welfare Ministry and CGG for playing a great role in the registration of survivors, and confirmed that most of them have been marginalised by their communities and are still facing difficulties with their social life.