Rapid response Ebola Virus Disease, EVD

Summary

ENHANCING COMMUNITY CAPACITY TO PREVENT INFECTION AND SPREAD OF EVD.

The healthcare Consortium partners – Health Poverty Action (HPA), Planned Parenthood Association (PPASL) and Christian Brothers (CB) receive Cordaid funding to adress Teenage Pregnancy Prevention in Bombali, Kenema and Pujehun Districts. Now the implementation is affected by the Ebola crisis, the 3 partners will provide emergency response and prevention activities in the 3 Districts.

Goals

  • 117 healthcare institutes increased quality of number of services
  • organisations involved in multi stakeholder cooperation

Background

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are a group of diseases described in humans in the last twenty years. They include diseases such EVD and Lassa Fever. EVD is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate between 50 to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients. By the end of September ’14 cumulative confirmed cases = 2,095 with Kenema = 426; Bombali = 227 and Pujehun =19
Total cumulative confirmed death in Sierra Leone is 544

Initial situation

Three TPP Consortium partners – Health Poverty Action (HPA), Planned Parenthood Association (PPASL) and Christian Brothers (CB) received funding from Cordaid for a project to address Adolescent SRHR in Bombali, Kenema and Pujehun Districts between March 2014 and February 2015. The implementation is now being affected by the impact the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone. The Government of Sierra Leone has issued a directive for harnessing resources and efforts towards the eradication of the scourge of EVD which has the potential to have far-reaching consequences..

Goals

Objective
To complement the Government of Sierra Leone’s National Emergency Strategy for Ebola Prevention, July, 2014 in Bomali, Kenema and Pujehun districts.

Expected Results:
1. To increase public awareness for preventive practices against Ebola infection by November, 2014.
2. To improve health seeking practices in communities for Ebola prevention including regular hand washing by November, 2014.
3. To reduce the incidences of Ebola infections and related deaths by November, 2014.

Goals

  • 117 healthcare institutes increased quality of number of services
  • organisations involved in multi stakeholder cooperation

Target group

Target groups: 117 health centers and hospitals and 1760 teachers, peer parents, peer educators, religious leaders, chiefs, mammy queens, traditional healers, ocada riders, FSU/police in the three districts. as well as a growing number of EVD victems/families.

Final Beneficiaries: Entire Population of Bombali, Kenema and Pujehun Districts, around 750.000 people

Project plan

Activity Months Aug Sept Oct Nov.: √ √ √ √
HPA 1 Printing and distribution of IEC materials on EVD √ √ √ √
2 Text message alerts about EVD √ √ √ √
3 Airing of radio jingles √ √ √ √
4 Training of Traditional Healers √
5 Training of ocada (motorbike) riders √
6 Training of Mammy Queens/Chiefs/Religious leaders √
7 Provision of chlorine, gloves and soap to 28 PHUs √ √ √ √
8 Provision of items for Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital (KWH) and other referral hospitals √ √ √ √
9 Provision of hand-washing stations at police stations and other public places √ √

PPA 1 Conduct Community sensitization campaign on Ebola prevention using drama clubs √ √ √ √
2 Conduct community level interactive film shows on Ebola prevention and stigma reduction
3 Reproduce and air jingles in 4 community radio stations √ √ √ √
4 Organize live radio discussion/talk shows in collaboration with MoHS √ √ √ √
5 Set up hand washing stations at key Public Utility sites including schools, Hospitals/PHUs, Community Centers, Markets and FSU / police posts. √ √ √ √
6 Provide support to 47 PHUs in the form of protective gears and other commodities. √ √ √ √
7 Reproduce and distribute IEC materials on Ebola prevention. √ √ √ √
8 Conduct orientation sessions for link teachers, peer educators and volunteer peer parent club members to conduct house to house sanitization campaigns in communities. √ √ √ √
9 Provide support to Peer Educators, Link Teachers, Community Based Distributors and Volunteer Peer Parent Club members to conduct house to house sensitization campaigns on Ebola prevention. √ √ √ √
10 Training of 35 traditional/ religious leaders to enable them track, detect and refer possible victims of Ebola as well as manage community resistance. √ √ √ √
11 Provide Psycho-Social Counseling Services and support to discharged victims and their families √ √ √ √
12 Provision of community care and reintegration support to victims and families in the form of food and non-food items √ √ √ √
13 Conduct Monitoring and follow up activities √ √ √ √

CB 1 Develop and undertake rapid assessment on Ebola prevalence in catchment area. √

2 Conduct community education and sensitization on Ebola awareness and prevention through radio jingles, radio panel discussion and theater groups. √ √ √ √
3 Set up hand washing stations on key Public Utility sites including schools, Hospitals/PHUs, Court Barry’s, Community Centers, Markets and FSU / police posts. √ √
4 Provide Chlorine and buckets to 63 PHUs. √
5 Conduct distribution of IEC materials on Ebola prevention. √ √
6 Conduct structured orientation sessions for link teachers, peer educators, Child welfare Committees and volunteer peer parent club members to conduct house to house sanitization campaigns in communities. √

7 Weekly coordination meetings to respond to rapid emergency Ebola issues. √ √ √ √
8 Conduct Monitoring and follow up activities √ √ √

Sustainability

The 3 Healthcare Consortium partners HPA, PPA, CB will implement the Ebola emergency activites in the same Districts and catchment areas of their regular project on Teenage Pregnancy Prevention. After the Ebola crisis, the 3 partners will be involved in early recovery work on healthcare and SRHR issues, after which they will maintain with structural development processes on TPP and SRHR. All 3 partners have a solid base in the District collaboration structures (see below) and work in line with government strategies.

HPA has been attending Ebola task force meetings with the District Health Management Team (DHMT) in Bombali on a regular basis. Consultation has also been undertaken with traditional leaders, religious leaders, other NGOs, drivers’ union representatives, okada representatives, traders’ union representatives, football team representatives, Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital (KMH) representatives and chiefdom administrative representatives in northern Bombali as well as field staff. The activities that have been proposed are, therefore, appropriate to the needs identified and acceptable to the target groups.

PPASL is part of the Gender Steering Committee of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) and has forged a partnership with the Ben Hirsch Children’s Foundation which has been given delegated authority by MSWGCA to coordinate the EVD response in the Kenema District under the Child Protection Pillar of the National Emergency Response Strategy on Ebola. There will be an exchange of work plans and collaboration in the implementation of Ebola response related activities especially in Lower Bambara Chiefdom, where the Ben Hirsch Children’s Foundation operates.

CB representatives attend EVD (prevention, treatment and care response) coordination meetings at both district and national levels. These sessions create an opportunity for information sharing as well and effective coordination in the district.

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