Jan 24, 2014, 9:51 AM
International The Gambia has donated £10,000 toward the fight against Ebola.
The money was sent to ActionAid International on behalf of the board of directors, staff and management of ActionAid International The Gambia.
The donation, which included personal commitment of board members and staff, is in response to an appeal by the chief executive officer of ActionAid International, Adriano Campolina, to all ActionAid offices for support and solidarity with our colleagues in countries affected by Ebola.
In making the donation, AAITG executive director Omar Badjie said his office is aware of the socio-economic and political consequences of Ebola within the sub-region.
“We want to work in solidarity with the peoples of Sierra Leone and Liberia in the fight against Ebola to bring it under control,” he said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the response to the Ebola epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.
To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that contact tracing,case management, safe burials, and community engagement efforts continue, to avoid complacency and future surges in Ebola cases.
ActionAid International The Gambia has been responding positively toward the fight against Ebola. The agency has strengthened the capacity of civil society organisations and the communities on the prevention and control of Ebola through The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Gambia, TANGO.
It has also donated half a million dalasis, equivalent to £8,000, to the Ministry of Health for the training of traditional healers, youth peer health educators and traditional birth attendants in Ebola prevention. It has also produced drama programmes in three local languages and printed posters on how to prevent and control Ebola.