As the Ebola outbreak is notably reducing, WAHA International has partnered with the Liberian government’s efforts to allow the start of classes to happen after seven months of school closures.
In the district of Voinjama (northeast, near the border with Guinea), a training session on hygiene and preventive measures against the virus was conducted among school staff. In all, 69 principals and 146 headmasters and science instructors attended a one-day workshop, detailing the Ebola characteristics and natural reservoirs, case definition and clinical presentation of the disease, as well as the most effective preventive measures and a model for the organization of the schools.
Among the preventive measures, the trainers emphasized careful hand washing, but also washing of walls and floors, routine measurement of body temperature, and procedures that should be followed after a suspicious case has been identified. The WAHA Liberia Country Representative, Fatuma Mabeye, her project coordinator and her medical assistant, two doctors and assistant nurses and four logisticians attended the workshop, which was officially opened by representatives of national and local authorities.
At the end of the training day, 76 hygiene kits were distributed to the heads of schools of the district. This project is a response to the call by the Government of Liberia to support the effort to ensure the success of the new school year, in one of the hardest hit West-African countries.
After Sierra Leone, Liberia is the country that has had the largest number of fatalities (3,858 deaths) since 2014, and Lofa County in which the Voinjama District is located, recorded 387 deaths out of 648 confirmed cases. The “Back to school” training of the Voinjama District school staff was made possible by the collaboration of GOAL Ireland, the Liberian Ministry of Health, the PAE company and the County Health Team (CHT), with the support of USAID, the US government agency for development.