SERVE HUMANITY: LIBERIA AND WEST AFRICA....................'UBUNTU how can one of us be happy if the other is sad?' .........................................................................BUILD WITH US HERE and in the EBOLA COMMUNITY ACTION ROOM.
USAID BAA EBOLA 2014 01 launched 07/10/2014 has acted as a beacon of hope for Isolated Rural Communities without radio or tv whom we have reached out to through our Network of Core Volunteers to inform them on Ebola and have thanked us saying this was the first time anyone reached out to them; to our Professional Team in Monrovia who face daily challenges to define and coordinate our initiatives in consultation with Local Elders, Chiefs, County Superintendents and their Communities; to our Dedicated Ground Volunteer Coordinators who implicate their Peers in EBOLA COMMUNITY ACTION Educate-Sanitize-Protect-Survey in the Spirit of Non-Violence Cooperation. We call upon USAID to apply their vast resources and Expertise and support our work.
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Join us in EBOLA COMMUNITY ACTION and the evolution of a GROUND ZERO Coordinating Platform For Sustainable Cooperation and Development in Liberia and West Africa, organised through consultation with Local Elders and their Communities by SERVE HUMANITY in accordance with United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment, Principles of Sustainable Environmental and Social Governance and Social & Developmental Impact Investment Strategies implicating Private Sector Expertise with Public and Non-Governmental Sector Knowhow in the Service of Humanity.
The IDEO USAID Challenge has brought us all together and now we have the very pressing challenge of a potential 1.4M potential Ebola Cases bt feb/March 2015. .....So let.s get down to work,...... (check for updates}
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COMMUNITY EBOLA ACTION
This is what we are working on through our volunteer network in Liberia. We need to get into action on this immediately. We need to think in terms of solutions we can deploy this week, next week, this month. The only way to turn the tide is through communities mobilising to face Ebola now with the resources they have easily at hand.
The only way to organise this is through the traditional tribal heirarchy of the Town Criers, Elders, Chiefs, District, County and Paramount Chiefs.
Each Ebola survivor becomes immune and can help many others. The only way to face and conquer Ebola is as a strong cohesive community.
We wish to reach local communities through the Chiefs and Elders to convey a detailed message on how they can mobilise to face the Ebola Crisis as a community at little or no cost utilising resources they have readily at hand to organise specific separate places for specific actions:
1) Cleaning and caring for the sick
2) Drinking Water
3) Preparation of Food
7) Recieving Visitors
8) Transport of the Sick
9) Burying of Waste
10) Caring for the Dead
11) Pathways to and from for the sick and the dead
We wish to formulate a detailed message to explain the organization and implementation of this model.
This message needs to convey:
1) Means and Cycle of Infection
2) Bodily reactions to expel infection
3) Community Infection Protection
4) Importance of replacing water lost
5) Importance of replacing food lost
6) Importance of Hygeine/Sanitation
7) Caring for the Sick, Dying, Dead
8 ) Local Emergency Services
9) Transportation / Care of Sick
10) Transportation / Burial of Dead
11) The Roles of Ebola Survivors
We wish to convey this message immediately, for communities to apply this week, next week, this month. The only way to turn the tide is for local communities to mobilise together to face Ebola now.
The only way to acheive this is to work through the traditional tribal heirarchy with the guidance and blessings of the Paramount Chiefs.
I would like you to think about the 11 places listed above and the problems of each. I have asked our logistics expert in Liberia and the team over there to come up with a schematic model based upon local knowledge that we can work to. Perhaps James can set up a basic schematic in Kerika.
Then we have the 11 aspects of the 'Message'. Each of these potentially comprises a lot of information. We need to distill the principles. Our final Message should be no more than 3 pages, with a simple schematic (page 4) and a list of mottos people can sing and dance whilst working (page 5).
The concept is to convey 4 stories.
1. Fatu saved herself and 3/5 children with plastic bags and bin liners as Ebola Protection.
2. The Nigerian Doctor saved patients by coaxing them to drink lots of water and easily assimilated food right through the process of fever, sickness and diarrhoea.
3. The Ebola Survivor from the treatment centre was able to touch Ebola Patients and help in ways others could not due to his immunity which last up to 10 years.
4. The people of Lofa County have reduced the number of beds required in the treatment centre front 140 to 40 by organising home care in the villages.
I am trying to contact the Paramount Chief in Lofa and have also tried to contact Dominic Sam Ex UNDP Director Liberia who is an honorary Paramount Chief. We have a list of the 242 Paramount Cheifs in Liberia but need to get contact details.
We need to build all the information we wish to convey in
to these 4 stories including medical: several questions arise.
Eg Ebola is transmitted to all parts of the body by the white blood cells of the immune system. Rates of Ebola Infection across West Africa are historically higher when temperatures are relatively lower and humidity is higher. The immune system response is different at lower temperatures to higher temperatures. Do we need to keep the patients warm and at lower humidity? Big question. .
Celebrate Learnings & Achievements
I arrived here by co-incidence and joined the challenge on its last day, the day after I submitted our USAID proposal, having worked on it all month with our team in Liberia.
What a journey! And to arrive here at the IDEO Challenge and be greeted by JAMES GIEN and his rapidly evolving EBOLA COMMUNITY ACTION ROOM and KERIKA COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM - well that was ACE!
We Skyped with his team, connected with ,Mathew Rogers in Liberia, our Finanacial Management Expert with special responsibilities for TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY, and got straight into action, formulating the strategy for IMMEDIATE IMPACT which you see outlined above.
i am in touch with people every day in Liberia facing difficult challenges.
What everyone is doing here makes a tremendous difference to them.
Knowing that we are here to encourage and support them, that we are thinking of them, gives them the strength and dignity to face Ebola and Survive.
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SERVE HUMANITY LIBERIA: EBOLA COMMUNITY ACTION: BAA-EBOLA-2014-ADDENDUM 01 1/3
MISSION 1: OPEN CALL FOR CONTINUED COLLABORATION
Strengthen Healthcare Capacities
How might we enhance the protective equipment, care setting and tools used in the field to empower and protect healthcare workers?
MISSION 2 OPEN CALL FOR CONTINUED COLLABORATION
Promote Care Seeking
How might we ensure that communities receive and respond to timely, accurate and actionable information about Ebola prevention and treatment?
MISSION 3 OPEN CALL FOR CONTINUED COLLABORATION
Boost Tracking and Communication
How might we use data collection and analysis tools to increase our understanding of the disease, better track exposure and enhance communication?
MISSION 4 OPEN CALL FOR CONTINUED COLLABORATION
If you have any contributions that don’t correlate with the other Missions, devise your own!
THIS PROPOSAL ENVISAGES THE COORDINATION OF MULTIPLE LIBERIAN, WEST AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
EBOLA: LOCAL OUTREACH: LOCAL POPULATIONS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WITHOUT DIRECT ACCESS TO RADIO/TV organized by Liberians for Liberians
Target Areas per BAA-EBOLA-2014 Addendum
'The involvement of Local Elders, The People of Local Communities, Local NGOs, County Superintendents and Local Staff; Clan, Community and Family Relationships and Resources is cardinal in the fight against Ebola' Attorney John Y. Jukon: National Chairman LINNK Liberia.
The Ebola Outreach Program ensures:
Communities can receive and respond to timely, accurate and actionable information about Ebola Prevention and Treatment through Personal Contact with people they Trust and Know, the Household to Household Ebola Education, Sanitization, Prevention and Survey Outreach; and Local Participatory Training implicating volunteers, especially Youth Volunteers. This is coordinated through a national network of salaried and voluntary based NGOs, County Superintendents, Local Elders, Community Members and Core Youth Volunteers initially based in approx 100-150 communities across the 15 counties comprising Liberia.
The Ebola Local Outreach Program to Indigenous Peoples by Persons they Know and Trust is scalable from local to national level in Liberia, to neighbouring countries with Ebola Outbreaks, and to West Africa and Africa as a whole in the context of Health, Water, Sanitation, Agriculture…
Ebola: Local Outreach: Liberia
We need support to comprehensively implement the following programs immediately:
Considerable preparation has been done over the past 9 months on the Development of Relationships, Definition of Priorities, Elucidation of Programs, Allocation of Available Resources, Preparation of Surveys, Action Plans, Budgets, Organization of Local Coordinating Networks.
These programs have been developed in close consultation with Local Elders & their Communities, Schools and Health Facilities, County Superintendents and their Staff.
We need immediate Financial, Technical, Medical, Equipment, Materials, Logistic and Training Support in order to implement this initiative effectively and efficiently.
Problem: The population, especially isolated rural communities are under informed, suspicious or unaware of Ebola and how to minimize infection risk. Traditional Practices risk Ebola Infection.
Risk: 1.5 million cases by 1st quarter 2015.
Remedy: Ebola Action: Educate, Sanitize, Prevent, Survey: organized by Liberians for Liberians
The Barrier: Exposure to infection by Health Workers as per the BA BAA-EBOLA-2014 Addendum
The Current Solution: Organization of Protective Equipment, Buildings, Treatment Procedures and Training to minimize infection of Health Workers as per the BA BAA-EBOLA-2014 Addendum
Household to Household Ebola Outreach: Education, Sanitization, Prevention & Survey
Proposal: Invest Immediate Financial, Technical, Medical, Equipment, Materials, Logistic and Training Support in Local Populations to facilitate their self-motivated mobilization of Locally based Ebola Outreach Campaigns organized by Liberians in consultation with their Kinsfolk
Minimise the potential infection of 1.5M people
Provide a platform for accurate pre-assessment of Ebola Outbreaks through household surveys Create a network of trust based relationships for the coordination of resources and treatment. Test: Personal Protective Equipment, Treatment Buildings, Treatment Procedures, Vaccines
Pilot and Scale Ebola Action: Local Indigenous populations: Liberia: West Africa: Africa.
Prevent similar future occurrences in Liberia by implicating local indigenous peoples in community based initiatives coordinated by LINNK, BUPOTRA, FELS, Relief Inc, others
* Diversification of Ebola outreach to Maternity, HIV/Aids, Nutrition, Footwear, Clothing
* Non-Violence Training and Implication of a Core 2000 Youths in community initiatives
* Targetted Emergency Relief Coordination & Distribution based on assessments done
* Provision of Eco-Water, Eco-Sanitation, Eco-Power, Eco-Buildings, Eco-Agriculture
* Creation of 15 Regional Cassava Farms as a Foundation for Agricultural Self Sufficiency
* Provision of Education for Vulnerable Rural Children at primary, junior, secondary level, ratio 60boys:40girls selected by Local Elders & communities according to need/vulnerability
* Provision of Skills Training, Technical College & University Education for Disadvantaged.
* Organisation of Social Service Structures in consultation with Local Elders and their Communities based on gender equality and equal opportunities prioritised according to need and vulnerability as determined through consultation in accordance with govt. policy.
* Local NGO & Enterprise Creation Initiatives to equip Indigenous Populations with the Training, Knowledge and Resources to establish Financial Autonomy, Organisational Ethics, Individual and Collective Accountability within NGO and Enterprise structures & networks.
Costs: Extensive costings on all aspects are prepared. It is possible to execute a pilot project implicating indigenous communities of the 15 counties comprising Liberia within a budget of 1M USD. This represents 0.1% of the UN budget: to mitigate against infection of 1.5M people.
Cost SavingImmediate execution = Exponential cost saving. People are moving to the Bush.
THE CORE ISSUE:
The core issue of provision to the local indigenous populations affected by Ebola outbreaks with The Means To Combat Ebola Infection is not being addressed. Treatment Centres are closing.
Surgical Gloves, Masks, Aprons, Nutritional & Rehydration Supplements must be flown in immediately so that people can care for each other hygienically and fight possible infection.
Chlorine, Drinking Water and Food must be organized from local resources in quantity.
Perhaps 50% of infection results from traditional practices. In the absence of large scale international intervention, people have no option but to care for each other as best they can. In addition, they are traumatized. Therefore they resort to tradition. In order to effect behavioral change it is crucial to provide people with the means to do so. The provision of adequate means to hygienically care for the sick, dying and dead is critical to introducing behavioral change.
Household to Household Ebola Outreach: Educate, Sanitize, Prevent, Survey supported
by Adequate Means, conducted by people Known & Trusted - is the key to Behavioral Change.
Ebola Outreach coordinates up to date Household information & communication on bed availability. The provision of Radios, Walkie Talkies, Smartphones, Solar Laptops, Generators is essential. Ebola Outreach provides the opportunity to comprehensively test PPE’s, Care Settings, Health Care Worker Tools, Treatment Procedures, Treatment Buildings, Vaccines, Funerary Procedures in situ implicating local populations and indigenous populations in the fight against Ebola
Ebola Outreach is Low Cost: High Return. The larger / more immediate the investment the higher the return in human terms and cost savings; and the greater the depth and scale of impact.
Educate: Health & Hygiene, Non-Violence Cooperation, Agricultural Self Sufficiency
The Youth Population is currently highly motivated and substantial land has been allocated in all 15 Liberian counties, including office space in approx 100 communities plus logistic resources.
Home/School Education for Vulnerable Children & Skills Training for Disadvantaged are Key
Sanitize: Daily Practice of Personal Hygiene and Household Sanitization to Fight Ebola.Maternity Support, HIV/AIDS Education/Treatment, Origins/Treatment of Tropical Diseases
Ebola Virus, Worms, Fungal Spores etc can only be addressed by Water & Sanitation.
The highly motivated Youth Population can be effectively deployed in these tasks.Ample Drinking and Cleaning Water, Chlorine, Adequate Footwear, Clean Clothing required
Prevent: Behavioral Change implies a Cultural Shift which is brought about through a comprehensive approach to community problems through consultation with Elders and community meetings, facilitated by Kinsfolk and Clanspeople they Know and Trust.
This is supported by accurate and timely distribution of equipment and resources by
The United Nations Community, Participating LINNK NGOs, County Superintendents/ Staff.Social Service Structures, Local Community NGOs & Enterprises engender Self-Sufficiency
Survey: Regular Inquiry Based Surveys: Local, Community, Clan, County, Region, National