Africare was one of several non-governmental organizations and private sector firms honored for Leadership in Humanitarian Response for its skillful and accomplished role in responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia at the 9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in New York City.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the president of Africare, Dr. Darius Mans, spoke to VOA on Saturday about their meetings in the United States.
Africare/Liberia has started distributing TOMS shoes to public school students to buttress government efforts in easing the economic burden of citizens as schools open after closing due to the Ebola outbreak.
The Ministry of Health entered into an agreement with at least three international NGOs and one local NGO for the management of US$6 million to revive routine health services in five counties considered most affected by the Ebola virus.
Ruge was struck that much of the coverage depicted Africans only as victims. Little mention was made of their potential role in wiping out the deadly epidemic.
More than 5,100 people in West Africa have died this year from the Ebola virus. Tragically, many of those who died were children. Also tragically, many of those who died were parents.
The materials include examination gloves, surgical gowns, surgical materials, personal protective equipment, oral re-hydration salt and body pressure materials, among others.
Innovations such as pulse readings by webcam and triage by SMS are just some of the ideas coders are pursuing to help rein in Ebola.