Sunday, November 8, 2015

Stronger Together

The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared over. The fight is done. Thousands of people in Sierra Leone and from around the world worked together to overcome the Ebola virus. The government, NERC (National Ebola Response Centre), Ministries, healthcare workers, community members, NGO workers and so many more people served and sacrificed to get us to this point. It is through collaboration and coordination and a lot of perseverance that we won this battle. 

The Ebola Response Consortium (ERC)*, of which Welbodi Partnership is a member, demonstrated the power of partnership throughout the outbreak. NGOs were able to join together to ensure coordination and collaboration with the aim of reaching one common goal: ending the Ebola outbreak. This film tells the amazing story of what can be achieved when people come together and work in unity. The work that the ERC has accomplished over the past year has been tremendous.  From surveillance, to infection prevention and control, to improving water and sanitation in health facilities, to safe and dignified burials, the ERC was able to work on all fronts to support the government of Sierra Leone in ending this outbreak.  The projects that Welbodi Partnership was involved with were not only crucial to stopping the chain of transmission within health facilities but also in laying a foundation for a stronger and better healthcare system in Sierra Leone. The work that has been done through the ERC will have a lasting impact beyond this Ebola outbreak and we look forward to continued collaboration throughout the recovery phase to improve healthcare in Sierra Leone.

*The ERC is a consortium of non-governmental organizations that is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in Sierra Leone to respond to the Ebola outbreak in all districts of the country. The ERC is led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and comprised of eight member organizations – Action Contre la Faim (ACF), CARE International, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, King’s Health Partnership, the IRC, Save the Children and Welbodi Partnership– and seven partner organizations – ABC Development, eHealth, International Organization for Migration, M├ędicos del Mundo, Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA), Oxfam GB and Solidarit├ęs International- who have pooled their collective technical and operational resources to support the MoHS in the Ebola response and recovery. 

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