NOVEMBER 24, 2014
The 14 newly recruited district contact tracing monitors trained by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will start their field work today in their respective areas of deployment.
The monitors attended a two-day orientation workshop at the Njala Venue on the 14thand 15th November to support Government’s effort in mitigating the Ebola Virus Disease.
The overall objective of the workshop was to orientate the new staff members on their roles and responsibilities in the districts, and the structure and mandate of UNFPA in Sierra Leone.
In his opening statement, Mr Ibrahim S. Kamara, UNFPA Assistant Representative, welcomed the new staff members and admonished them to go to the field as Ambassadors of the organization, collaborate with other agencies and the District Health Management Teams in a transparent and accountable manner, and wished them well in their new postings.
UNFPA Surveillance Advisor, Dr. James Mugume, who was lead facilitator, made a detailed presentation on the roles and responsibilities of the District Contact Tracing Monitors and stressed that the new staff members have the responsibility to coordinate UNFPA contact tracing activities in their respective districts.
Other facilitators included Lucy Kadewere, Brima Kamara, Mary Robert, Betty Alpha, Afrina Karim, Sonia Gilroy and others from UNDSS, DDPC and HMHS.
They also covered topics on Operations Management in the field, Human Resources Management, introduction to Contact Tracing, introduction to Standard Operating Procedure, EVD situation and response at national and district level, staff safety and security.
In response, the participants expressed their deep satisfaction over the knowledge gained on their new roles and made a firm commitment to do their utmost to live up to expectations.
Rosaline Bockarie, one of the newly recruited District Contact Tracing Monitors, appreciated the training by saying that, “The training has helped us to better understand what we are expected to do in the field and also helped us to work closely with the DHMTs.”
Further orientation sessions were held in the UNFPA Conference Room in Freetown on 17 & 18th November during which the new officers were introduced to the UNFPA country representative Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi.
He used the opportunity to enlighten them further about the mandate of the organization and his expectations, and encouraged them to be proactive, timely, work in teams and do quality work.