EBOLA (and post-ebola) MOBILIZATION - LIBERIA
WCI has been working in Liberia since 2007 to politically, socially, and economically empower Liberian women and youth. WCI’s efforts in Liberia began in partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Development and the National Rural Women’s Program of Liberia with a three-year program promoting leadership, food security and economic empowerment for more than 20,000 rural women.
In 2014, WCI re-entered Liberia to address the humanitarian crisis created by the Ebola virus. WCI’s multifaceted strategy involved both direct intervention with victims of Ebola, and the introduction of greater techniques for prevention. To the quarantined victims of Ebola, WCI provided food rations, water, medical supplies and sanitation materials, while also assisting in the transportation and burial of the deceased. In training sessions, WCI taught women how to properly educate others on Ebola prevention techniques, while also combating the social stigmas associated with Ebola survivors by creating a Community Action Committee (CAC). The CAC was made up of influential community leaders who took the lead on their respective community’s Ebola prevention measures without promoting hurtful biases towards survivors.
During and after the Ebola crisis, WCI has played a crucial role in providing health messaging, improving access to necessary support in rural areas, and equipping nearly 70,000 women with leadership skills to rebuild their communities. In 2016 and beyond, WCI will continue supporting Liberia’s efforts to rebuild by providing health messaging and community development support to partner communities.