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Africa Responds Partners
AiD supports 10 organizations in Liberia and Sierra Leone that fought to stem the spread of Ebola in their communities. Some of our partners are highlighted below. You can learn more by visiting the Africa Responds Page.
ACTION FOR ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT - SIERRA LEONE (AAD-SL)
A concerted community response was needed to stem the growing Ebola outbreak in Port Loko, one of the hardest hit districts of Sierra Leone. AAD-SL offered psychosocial support to children and families that are affected by Ebola, including survivors, individuals in quarantine, and children. In addition, the organization conducted a weekly radio program on Ebola to not only share critical information and resources, but also connect families with their loved ones in holding and treatment centers.
AFRO-MEDICAL COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELFARE SERVICE
Afro-Medical provides primary and maternal health care services in 2 clinics in Monrovia. The organization also offers sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls. During the Ebola outbreak, Afro-Medical worked with Ebola survivors, providing ongoing care and support, and with quarantined families. Afro-Medical was one of the few health centers in the country that kept their doors open throughout the outbreak.
Rivercess, Liberia, which had low Ebola cases, saw an increase in early November 2014, registering 15 cases in one week. There was significant misinformation and stigma regarding Ebola in the community. Working with district health offices, FACE Africa trained community health volunteers to conduct education and outreach on Ebola and provide preventive hygiene kits. The organization also worked with schools to ensure they were adequately prepared for opening after the end of the Ebola outbreak. More info: faceafrica.org
HELPING OUR PEOPLE EXCEL (H.O.P.E)
H.O.P.E Liberia works to promote the social, political, and economic inclusion and empowerment of women and girls. The organization is working to stem the Ebola outbreak in the Montseraddo county of Liberia, one of the hardest hit regions. H.O.P.E provided preventive education and hygiene kits and worked with traditional leaders to develop long-term psycho social and economic support for families affected by Ebola.
TOUCHING HUMANITY IN NEED OF KINDNESS (THINK)
Since 2003, THINK has worked to advocate for and provide resources for the health of Liberian women, focusing on adolescent girls. It is a leading national resource in sexual and gender based violence response, treatment, and rehabilitation. Since the Ebola Outbreak, THINK conducted community awareness raising campaign, training 200 adolescent girls in its program to be community educators. The organization also established a holding and transit center for adolescent girls affected by Ebola.