Montserrado Community-based Initiative Eases Measures in Ebola Outbreak

first_imgThe Project Management Team of UNDP’s Ebola Community Based Initiative in Montserrado County has said that mitigating measures were recently put into place in the Popo Beach Community in the wake of a new Ebola Outbreak.News of the outbreak came following an investigation conducted by a team comprising two UNDP Project Management Supervisors-sponsored Community Based Initiative (CBI), Active Case Finders, Contact Tracers, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in District 16, New Kru Town.It was revealed that there were four clusters of Ebola cases associated with high fatality. According to the report, each of these four clusters had an independent index case. Active Case Finders were able to identify people who had direct contact with a man who was stabbed in the area in October this year.Dr. Mosoko Fallah, Coordinator of the UNDP CBI project, said some residents had alleged that the lover of the man’s wife had stabbed her jilted husband in a rage of jealousy, and that everyone who had direct contact with the man’s body fluid was either dead or sick.According to Dr. Fallah, it was discovered that eight persons who were believed to have had direct contact with the victim’s body fluids died, while twenty-eight persons from this web of contacts escaped to other communities, including Old Road, New Kru Town and Logan Town.He narrated that the Team put into place mitigating measures by immediately identifying and visiting the locations and contacts of those involved and have alerted other Active Case Finders in Communities where escapees might be residing.“We visited the homes of where the cases occurred and interviewed contacts and survivors. We noted with dismay that an entire cluster of households had been deserted and the contacts fled to different communities.”Dr. Fallah also mentioned that meetings were arranged with Heads of households on Ebola awareness to alert them on the prevailing circumstances. He said efforts made by Active Case Finders to document and track most of the cases have contributed to a containment of the situation.Dr. Fallah has, however,  stressed the need, among other things, to intensify health promotion among dwellers in Popo Beach and the rest of New Kru Town, increase the number of Active Case Finders in proportion to the areas of coverage in Popo Beach and other areas of Montserrado, as well as develop and immediately implement a streamlined protocol for providing feedback to families when their relatives are taken away.UNDP has allocated about USD$500,000 of its resources to support Liberia’s National Ebola Response, with a focus on Active Case Findings in Montserrado County. It is a strategic community-based initiative, which seeks to help identify, track and document Ebola related contacts, reduce denial, search for the sick, uncover hidden bodies, and increase awareness.Under this Initiative, over 1,300 Active Case Finder’s volunteers have been recruited and trained to conduct Contact Tracing and Identification in 9 districts in Montserrado County, that are considered Ebola hotspots.Additionally, 100 supervisors (50 community-level supervisors, 50 community based social support/counselling monitors) from the Dogliotti Medical School and Public Health Schools have been recruited.  They are working under the general oversight of a coordinating team comprising of a team leader; epidemiologist; infectious disease specialist; psycho-social support specialist; health promotion/awareness specialist; M&E and IT specialists.It complements on-going support being provided by UNICEF and Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the area of Social Mobilization in combating the deadly Ebola Virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Telling secrets an art

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Maryl Kunkel stared at the blank notecard. For three days, she searched for the courage to give voice to her secret, a fear she has about her relationship, and how it affects her family. Finally, after much introspection, she wrote it down. And felt remarkably better. Her confession is one of dozens in Cal Secrets, a UC-Berkeley exhibit featuring anonymous secrets written by students. Its goal is to reveal buried fears, regrets and wishes in the hope of promoting healing and connecting the community. Inspired by the immensely popular, it features a range of admissions, from “I play Sudoku during lectures” to this haunting revelation: “Sometimes I have this nagging feeling that I’m not good enough. Actually, that’s most of the time.” Kunkel calls the process liberating. “You have your secret out there, and no one knows it’s you, but you’re able to get it off your chest,” she says. “That’s the first step to self-discovery.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Some call it a step; others, a catharsis. Be it silly, sexual, dark or wistful, what was once a private piece of information reserved for only the closest of confidants is now community property in the hyper-personal online world. In many ways, the experience of online releasing and relating is the new group therapy. has collected nearly a half-million confessions since its launch four years ago. Visitors to Absolution- can confess their sins, Catholic-style. And those who divulge secrets on must brace themselves for responses in the Talk Back section. Greg Fox, a former Walt Disney producer, started in 2000. Fox now receives hundreds of anonymous confessions a day – from abuse and adultery to flushing the toilet with your foot – for a grand total of 300,000. While there’s value in writing down emotions, the repercussions can be damaging – especially when the form is YouTube or MySpace, which is packed with photos and other identifiers – says Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The millions who’ve participated in the project may disagree. Founder and Cal alum Frank Warren, a suburban father and medical document supplier, passed out postcards to people asking them to jot down a secret, decorate it, and send it in. Three years later, the postcards are still coming. He’s received nearly 200,000 pop art renditions of scandalous confessions (“I have been planning my husband’s funeral for 24 years”), tragic revelations (“My mom put me on my first diet when I was 6”) and goofy admissions (“I pee in the shower”). The last is the most common confession.last_img read more