Plan launches psychosocial support for child Ebola victims


OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba

Plan Sierra Leone has launched a psychosocial support project titled, “Protection of Children and Families Affected by Ebola” with the aim to help children affected by the deadly outbreak to be de-traumatized and live in a safe environment.

Giving an overview of the project during a meeting of stakeholders in Moyamba, Household Economic Advisor and Psychosocial Project Manager, Joseph Konneh, disclosed that the six months project is being implemented in Kailahun, Port Loko and Moyamba districts, and would focus on counselling Ebola-affected children, reunifying them with their families and communities, and providing them with non-food items such as used clothes, mattresses and blankets.

Konneh revealed that the project was conceptualized following a national psychosocial needs assessment conducted by Plan, and encouraged the district task force on Ebola to identify gaps in implementation and bring them to their attention.

He said 15 staff, five in each of the three implementation districts, will provide support in communities that are affected by the virus.

Moyamba District Council Chairman, Professor Herbert Bob Kandeh, described the project as timely as the district was in dire need of such project.

While launching the project, Plan Programme Unit Manager in Moyamba, Gilbert N’habay, said psychosocial support had been ineffective in the district due to lack of support to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. He claimed that Plan has identified the constraints and would address them in the project.

Mr. N’habay added that the project would be monitored by Plan staff and partners to achieve the set goals, and reiterated their commitment to providing safe and friendly environment for children to help them realize their potential.