Our Comprehensive Response to Ebola
At the community level, our priority was to protect the safety and security of our health workers while continuing to provide the patients we served through our community health worker pilot project in Konobo District with lifesaving health services. To ensure that our community health workers could “keep safe, keep serving,” we developed ‘no-touch protocol’ for patient care that enabled them to safely provide lifesaving primary healthcare services at the community level throughout the outbreak.
In addition to our own community health workers, we trained hundreds of community members to educate their neighbors on the cause of Ebola, how to present its spread, and how to isolate and report a suspected Ebola case.
At the clinic level, we distributed essential personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, goggles, and gowns to ensure that clinic staff could safely care for their patients without risking infection. We also trained health workers on infection prevention and control (IPC) protocol to ensure they had the knowledge and skills to “keep safe, keep serving”.
All in all, we trained more than 1,300 health workers and community members and supported IPC efforts at 38 health facilities across Grand Gedeh and Rivercess Counties in Southeastern Liberia.
At the national level, we dedicated full-time staff to support senior officials at the Liberia Ministry of Health throughout the crisis.