Earlier today, Africare President Dr. Darius Mans testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations about progress on the ground in the fight against Ebola.
Subcommittee members listened with interest as Dr. Mans reported that Africare/Liberia’s staff have trained more than 300 volunteer community health workers who, in turn, have educated more than 150,000 Liberians to prevent, detect and care for people afflicted with Ebola.
Dr. Mans was joined on the hearing panel by peers from Global Communities and International Medical Corps. All three NGO representatives told Subcommittee members that progress has been made to slow the spread of Ebola, but more needs to be done to ultimately defeat the deadly virus.
Dr. Mans emphasized the importance of African-led behavior change in the affected nations at the community level. He recommended that Congress support community-focused initiatives and described how Africare/Liberia’s staff – who are 100% Liberian – would benefit from more resources to reach and educate more of their fellow countrymen and women.
Dr. Mans told Subcommittee members that Africare, in partnership with Direct Relief and other local NGOs, has shipped and distributed more than $2 million of Personal Protection Equipment and that additional shipments were in the works to address the severe shortage of these materials in Ebola-infected countries.
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