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Care International maps out strategies for Post Ebola engagement in Sierra Leone

A high-power delegation of Care International executives has completed a working visit to the Northern Regional City of Makeni. The delegation which included Care International’s Vice President for International Programs and Operations, Nick Osborne from USA, Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson from Switzerland and the Regional Head, Diawaruy Boury, was lead to Makeni and later Freetown by the Sierra Leone Country Director Asmare Ayele.

Photo credit: Ultra Media. Care International’s Vice President, Nick Osborne and Humanitarian Director Barbara E. Jackson flanking the Paramount Chief and members of the national staff

Photo credit: Ultra Media. Care International’s Vice President, Nick Osborne and Humanitarian Director Barbara E. Jackson flanking the Paramount Chief and members of the national staff

On Thursday the 12th February, the Care International high-power delegation visited the Bombali District Ebola Response Centre (DERC). At the DERC, the Project Manager, Ishmeal Kebbay extoled the support they are enjoying from the Care International country office. “The fight against Ebola in Bombali could not have been successful without the unflinching support of our partners especially Care International”, Mr Kebbay said. The delegation also visited the Makeni City Council, where the Deputy Mayor, Madam and the Chief Administrator held frank discussions about the work of the DERC and how they able to stabilize the Ebola infection rate in the district. Over the years, care International has been working in Sierra Leone in the area of Maternal Health, Ebola Response among others.

Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson washing her hands at the Care office in Sierra Leone

Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson washing her hands at the Care office in Sierra Leone

The organization has also been providing logistics and administrative support for contact tracers and surveillance teams for the Bombali District Ebola Response Centre.  Finally in Makeni, the Care International delegation visited the traditional of Bombali-Shebora Chiefdom, where the Makeni city is situated, Paramount Chief Bai Shebora Kasangha II. The Cheif paid tributes to the Care International country office for its tremendous support to the District’s fight against the Ebola Virus Disease even at the time they are planning a post-Ebola recovery strategy. “With the support I have seen from Care International at the height of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone especially in Makeni, I have no doubt in my mind that together citizens of Bombali could quickly recover from the EVD epidemic”, the Paramount Chief concluded.

Deputy chief medical officer one listening to the CARE team

Deputy chief medical officer one listening to the CARE team

The Care International delegation drove to Freetown on Friday 13th, where they visited the European Union and the USAID Ebola response team. Care International held fruitful discussions about ways they can work together to ensure rapid support at post Ebola era. The Care International top guns visited the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at Youyi Building. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarian Kamara, congratulated Care International for its supportive role since the outbreak of the EVD in Sierra Leone. The deputy CMO said, “even though Sierra Leone is presently recording low infection cases, we are effectively working on surveillance, contact tracing and community mobilization so as to avoid complacency and Care International and other partners are very much supportive in all of these”. In her statement, the Humanitarian Director for Care International, Barbara E. Jackson expressed how impressed she was with the collaboration between the Sierra Leone Government and its partners.  “We are happy for the commitment of government to effectively handle the crisis and working towards post-Ebola recovery” continued Barbara Jackson.

Care International’s Vice President for International Programs and Operations left Nick Osborne from USA (left), Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson from Switzerland (in the middle) and the Regional Head, Diawaruy Boury (right)

Care International’s Vice President for International Programs and Operations left Nick Osborne from USA (left), Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson from Switzerland (in the middle) and the Regional Head, Diawaruy Boury (right)

She said that they have heard about the most vulnerable groups and understood how the population was affected by the Ebola virus. The Humanitarian Director assured Care International’s commitment to Sierra Leone and its people. She said her organization has a long standing relationship with Sierra Leone spanning back to 1961. Barbara Jackson said that they have been working to support the needs of women and children who are the most vulnerable and they are the most affected within the population. Nick Osborne, who is in charge of international programs and operations said, they were impressed with the incredible partnership among various partners in the fight against Ebola. He noted that it was sometimes challenging but the Government had been able to do so as they were able to make tremendous progress. Nick Osborne told the deputy chief medical officer that there was need to be vigilant stating that this was not the time for complacency. He stressed that there should be backtrack of cases in other to avoid recording high confirmed cases and continue to build on the successes so far. He said that Ebola was not just a health issue but something that affected many facets of life.

 

Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson washing her hands at the Care office in sierra leone

 

 

Deputy chief medical officer one listening to the CARE team

 

 

Care International’s Vice President for International Programs and Operations left Nick Osborne from USA (left), Humanitarian Director, Barbara E. Jackson from Switzerland (in the middle) and the Regional Head, Diawaruy Boury (right)

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