Ebola awareness and prevention training
Both the CODEP teams in Sierra Leone and the UK have taken advice on how we can best help the community in Waterloo. That advice, from UNICEF and the local CHO has stressed two things:
(i) Education; and
(ii) Providing aid both in humanitarian terms as well as medical, preventative and sanitation equipment.
We have already made one donation to provide aid, more with your help will follow shortly, and we are pleased to be able to report that the CODEP team in SL, led by Rosetta, have now been able to organise training on ebola awareness and prevention. One of the priority needs across the country is information. Most people, even now, know very little about ebola in terms of its nature, effects, symptoms and means of prevention.
Thanks to the generosity of your donations, Rosetta and her colleagues arranged training at our library and also out in the Waterloo markets. They were assisted by the Hon, Claude Kamanda, the MP for the district where the library is sited. The Community Health Officer, Mr James Jajua, helped to provide the ebola prevention advice and we were pleased to be joined by Alieu Badara from the Waterloo Partnership.
The markets are a key feature of life in SL and this means that the market women play a major role in SL society. They sell food stuff and other goods to everyone regardless of their status. They are therefore very well placed to pass on what they have learnt to others. The CODEP team went out to the market places of Waterloo, distributing buckets and other sanitisation and preventative materials as well as explaining how everyone can help stop the spread of this disease.
Some of the market women then joined everyone else at a further session at the library. The preventative message can be spread in many ways, speeches, posters, comedy sketches or standing in a market place with buckets and soaps. The CODEP team will continue with our friends at the Waterloo Partnership and Build on Books to do what we can to help prevent the spread of this terrifying disease.
The CODEP team in SL and the UK
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