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COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP , the National Center for Excellence & Creativity (NCEC) considered a method of complete community DO IT YOURSELVES INITIATIVE, where the tracking, isolation, civic education and community protection through direct specialized TRAIN THE TRAINERS puts the destiny of every community into the hands of the dwellers, either to preventing or getting the virus out completely, results are AMAZING. Our success stories are in 2 folds 1. Brewersville with just 2 cases, total trained 600 2. Banjo and Virginia Hit badl, trained 900 persons, results excellent, rate of infection now low as 30% in 4 weeks 3. Margibi County in Liberia, high infection dropped Thus empowering communities through training, makes excellent way to GO.

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Community ownership was introduced to rural Liberia and then to urban cities, when we observed the successes we got in the field, the National Center for Excellence & Creativity (NCEC) then understood the three element for enticing communitiesto fight out the VIrus.
1. Understanding of the virus and the damage it can cause
2. provision of hope and victory after all
3. self ownership (direct invovlement of communities in cleansing their villages or towns, but for those not affected, keeping the doors to such communities closed,

the process of involving Dwellers directly in fighting the virus in their communities came from clear understanding of the African societies and well as the weakness of the systems called goernment.

we understood that we had several factors that would not help the health workers nor ambulances etc, we also under studied the cultural, traditional and religious practices the people are generally engaged in, in order not to create any doubt in the minds of dwellers, it was best to provide them skills and full knowledge of the virus and how best ot deall with it, either when it has infected a twon or when it has not.

several questions came to mind, how do we communicate our messgaes, do we provide them broad based knowledge or what should we do, the answers came flashing, equip, them with everything in the books, other questions like who do we train etc

finally we understood, that mass based training was needed, monitoring was needed and relieves were needed, thus we agreed that we would now go on with TRAIN THE TRANERS CAMPAIGN, then we monitor knowledge transfer.

the decisions today have broughts us serious Joy and smiles never ending as we have seen results after results.

our greatest hitches, were, the understanding that demographics in Liberia was so bad, numbering systems of houses Zero, blocking of towns Zero, thus we had serious issues, thus these issues would have been faced by external element, but for the do it yourselves strategy, the story is today uniquely told in BREWERSVILLE, BANJO, VIRGINIA, MARGIBI COUNTY ETC.

I t is our hope, the lessons learnt from the fight against ebole will be documented, through visual, audio and prints, providing the chance  to several individuals and institutions, study and improve upon these to enable better responses in the future anywhere in the world?

In a Country like our ( LIBERIA) cordination and resource is serious problem, thus extending the success story is limited.



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Lets work together to reach the other counties and isolated communites

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OB Roy it is going to be wonderful working with several other Org and individuals like you in getting communities around the world benefit from our experience in Liberia to enjoy such huge success as have been achieved in Liberia, pls stay in touch, Liberia is still a challenge even now, but Serria Leone is a greaterchallange we all need to face together.

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From all comments post here, it tells us all that budgets in billions and all the experts coming to Africa, would not have been so so needed in said quantities as being witnessed if the community ownership Posture was considered from the word GO, the CIVIC EDUCATIONAL PALTFORM MUST now be developed and taken seriously as a major component of thw WHO and all international health institutions in dealin with epidemics of this nature, be it INFLUENZA and the rest, a singular sync educational program, based on community direct intervention could lead to greater chances of eradicating diseases of such huge negative magnitude, It is also important that we develop a unique senze of application of traditional medications, as Nigeria again have proven to the wprld, no matter hpw deadly it is or how wide spread it can get, ww can quickly respond to such with practical means as shown by the Nigerian, today Liberia is witnessing a huge drop in ETU vixtims admissions, this is a success story only attached to community based activities.


AEMRN (African European Medical Research Network) has been doing Mobile Medical Clinics in every African Country, and the success rate is amazing. In 1984, we started the "where there is no veterinarian", "where there is no doctor program" in Nicaragua during the Sandinista War and outbreaks of several infectious diseases: we quickly found that involving communities in the mitigation of infection and "removing the mystery" made great leaps in our success. We trained 2nd level school youth in sanitation, public health, and community resiliency methods of hygiene and local resource development. We believe that having a "voice" in the process is necessary.

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Kathrina, u are so right, I am hoping one day groups like urs and others canxwork with us, even without a crisis to converge and speak on best practice in dezling with such epidemic in the future,

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This makes a great deal of sense and mirrors the community-wide approach reflected in Community, Health, Exercise and Nutrition for All (CHEN4All):

COMBINING EFFORTS AND APPROACHING EBOLA FROM SUCH A WELL-COORDINATED APPROACH WILL PROVE ITSELF IN ANY COMMUNITY - suggesting that collaboration and cooperation, the hallmarks of ABC4All are truly supported and exemplified in this COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP TO ERADICATE approach. SUGGESTION: Work together ASAP!

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Thank you very much, we will get in touch and see how best we can work together.

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Part of the training needs to provide information on what to do if the community sees instances where ebola deaths are treated as something else to save the family from disgrace etc. There are no hard facts in the article I'm attaching but it sounds all too likely. Community ownership could help stop this from occurring.

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Story is true Jab Thorn, they have been seriously dealt with thus far