Plan International USA's Response to Ebola Crisis

Operational Summary: 

Plan has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since the first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. While our efforts have been primarily focused on interventions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, our offices in Benin, Togo, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Niger are on alert and participating in local and national coordination meetings with health authorities.

Guinea

  • In collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross, Plan is supporting the training of volunteers for the disinfection of public and household latrines, suspected homes, and public places.
  • Plan is setting up hand washing systems in schools and publics areas in its intervention zones.
  • Plan is supporting the design and implementation of a national communication plan on Ebola.
  • In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and its decentralized representations, Plan is actively involved in the design and roll-out of a public health information campaign to make people aware of preventive measures for Ebola through radio, TV, and internet

Sierra Leone

  • Plan's response is focused on social mobilisation and enhanced behavior change, specifically in the following areas:

    • Child Protection in Emergencies: Children affected by Ebola outbreak in Kailahun and Kenema District and other Plan operational districts are protected from abuse and have access to psychosocial and other life saving support (such as food and non food items).

    • Social Mobilization: Children, their families, and community members in Ebola-affected and potentially-affected communities have access to adequate and accurate lifesaving information to enhance their knowledge and capacity to prevent and control the Ebola disease outbreak.

    • Enhanced behavior change: Children, their families, and community members acquire relevant health and hygiene promotion skills and materials and develop the right attitude and practices in order to prevent any further spread of the Ebola disease.
  • Plan handed over 200 sets of hand washing facilities to the Moyamba District Youth Council and the Moyamba District Council Representatives to be placed in 200 hand washing locations across the district. The supplies included 200 Veronica buckets, 200 water collecting buckets, 200 stools, and 200 cartons of Saba foam soap.
  • In Kailahun, Plan handed over 300 sets of material for hand washing points (including 300 Veronica buckets, 300 receptacles, and 300 wooden stools) to the District Youth Council for distribution to the communities in Kenema District. 
  • Through the District Health Management team in Bombali, Plan provided 200 sets of hand washing facilities and 15 kg of chlorine. 
  • In Port Loko, Plan handed over hand washing facilities to the Youth Commission and the DHMT, including 200 Veronica Buckets and water harvesting containers, 15 barrels of chlorine, and 200 stools.

Liberia

  • As part of the Social Mobilization Technical Working Group, Plan is focusing on Interpersonal Communications (IPC) and Mass Media Activities aimed at raising awareness and sensitizing the Liberian population on the deadly Ebola virus through community and media engagement, using radio as the primary tool.
  • In Lofa, Plan has provided various materials to local authorities, including fuel, megaphones, and handwashing supplies to support community awareness activities.
  • Plan is actively engaged in the awareness raising through support to five radio stations in Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, and Zorzor districts in Lofa County. Radio programs include talk shows, radio spot messages, public service announcements in various languages, phone-in programs, special interviews, and updates from the County Medical Health Officer.
  • 25,000 health promotion brochures and 10,000 additional posters on Ebola prevention have been produced and distributed across the country.
  • A total of 891 community health volunteers have been trained in Zorzor, Salayea, Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya and Vahun in Lofa County. A total of 414 clinical staff have also been trained with the support of Plan. 20 health centers in Lofa County have been provided with medical supplies and disinfectants (chloride, sanitizers, powder soap, and alcohol).

 

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Response Type: 
Water and Sanitation
Emergency Telecommunications