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UNDP partners Christian Aid to support Ebola survivors

NOVEMBER 3, 2014  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established a strong partnership with Christian Aid to provide basic support package to survivors of the Ebola virus disease, to help them start life all over again.

Last Thursday (October 30), UNDP handed over a large quantity of items, including mattresses, foot wears, cottons, buckets, cooking condiments and utensils, to Christian Aid for onward delivery to Ebola survivors in Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kailahun and Moyamba.

In his statement during the presentation ceremony, UNDP Resident Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator, David Mclachlan-Karr, described their intervention as very tangible in providing immediate relief assistance to those that have survived the terrible disease as they have lost almost everything.

“We have put together a package of primary care goods which will go to those survivors to help them get back on their feet and reintegrate back to their communities. This is the United Nations’ tangible and concrete contributions to the Ebola survivors,” he said and commended the tremendous work of Christian Aid in the country as he expressed delight in the UNDP- Christian Aid partnership to distribute essential items to Ebola survivors.

Mr. Mclachlan-Karr expressed hope that people will accept survivors of the disease back into their communities because they are no longer infectious and need a lot of support. He added: “Some of the survivors have been treated very badly and kept out of their communities. I think that is not the way to treat survivors of this terrible disease.”

Also speaking, Christian Aid Country Manager, Jeanne Kamara, said the fact that they were identified by the UNDP as partner is a testimony of their reputation in terms of accountability and transparency processes.

“I trust my team and I know that my partners will reach out to the communities. We have structures whereby we will ensure the last bucket reaches those survivors. This is just the start, but I hope it will be a lifelong contribution with the UNDP because our strategy is a partnership for change,” Madam Kamara said.

She described the items as basic livelihood items to survivors because they have lost everything, including their dignity and confidence in themselves.

“It is a symbol of livelihood in that those that have lost everything will have the basic things to start life,” she noted.

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