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‘Ebola outbreak an attack on family wholeness’

- says Fambul Tok boss

OCTOBER 21, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

The Executive Director of Fambul Tok International has described the Ebola outbreak in the country is “an attack on family wholeness”, as the disease is “destroying families and communities”.

Speaking yesterday during the launch of a campaign titled, “Wash your hands frequently with soap and water to avoid Ebola”, John Caulker noted that frequent hand washing with soap and water as part of community safer hygiene practice will help defeat the Ebola outbreak.

According to him, hand washing and safer hygiene practices are key in reversing the current trend, and that the intervention of Fambul Tok – through its Peace Mothers’ program – will go a long way in complementing government and other stakeholders’ effort during “this health emergency”.

Also speaking, Director of Peace Mothers, Michaela Ashwood, said rural women stand to suffer most during these difficult times, noting that she was “pleased to see these women take the lead in the fight against Ebola in their communities”.

She maintained that the soap, T-shirts and posters which will be distributed during the campaign, will help rural women send consistent messages in the fight against Ebola in line with government and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of sending consistent messages during community mobilization.

“As part of the campaign, each house in our operational districts of Kailahun, Kono, Moyamba, Pujehun, Bombali and Koinadugu will receive a package of soap and posters. In addition to this, a megaphone and 10 T-shirts for community stakeholders will be distributed at the sectional level in each of our operational districts,” she said.

According to Madam Ashwood, the campaign will target about 250,000 households per district, bringing to a total of 1,500,000 households to be targeted, adding that Peace Mothers from each community will lead the distribution of soap and using the other materials to educate all community members on Ebola prevention through frequent and proper hand washing.

Earlier, Chairman of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASHNET), Musa Ansumana Soko, pointed out that from civil society and non-state actors’ perspective, the debate is no longer centered on the late and inadequate response from the government, but rather a call for joint actions that will create and enhance a healthier Sierra Leone.

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