BRAC Conducts Psychosocial Counseling for Ebola Survivors

first_imgBRAC Liberia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social welfare (MOH/SW) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has completed a weeklong psychosocial counseling workshop for Ebola survivors and orphans in four of the 15 counties.Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Lofa. The exercise brought together hundreds of Ebola survivors and orphans.The workshop was intended for victims who were affected by the Ebola crisis in the country to share their experiences with the organization, and how to help tackle the growing levels of stigma surrounding the disease.Alexander Blackie, Psychosocial Consultant to BRAC, told the participants that there is a desperate need for psychosocial support and training in Liberia, where stigmatization has become a serious problem, pushing Ebola survivors and families out of their communities and adding to their pain.“We need to encourage the acceptance of medically cleared survivors and help communities understand the facts about Ebola transmission. It is important that communities and survivors stand in unity to successfully combat Ebola in the country,” Mr. Blackie stated.He said that survivors often face stigma, income loss and grief, particularly from surviving friends and family members of those who died from the disease.Mr. Blackie, who is a Mental Health Clinician, described the situation as “truly troubling,” because, he believes that survivors need food and other support, such as the provision of basic household items, since those who were infected had all their belongings burnt, leaving them in a desperate situation.”At the same time, Mr. Blackie is encouraging community dwellers to help ensure that survivors are welcomed and not stigmatized.Montserrado County Health Officer, Fred Amegashi, urged the survivors to think positively and forgo the stigma of Ebola, because the disease affected everyone in the country.In separate remarks, some of the survivors said that life had changed for them because community dwellers are stigmatizing them to the extent that some marketers refuse to accept money from victims for transactions.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, and has since been working for a better future with programs in microfinance, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health and empowerment as well as livelihoods for adolescents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Dijk makes Liverpool debut against Everton

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Van Dijk makes debut in derby showdown with Everton Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup Liverpool v Everton Everton Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with the pedigreed centre-back named in the first XI Virgil van Dijk has been handed his Liverpool bow against Everton in the FA Cup third-round tussle at Anfield on Friday night.The world’s most expensive defender lines up alongside Joel Matip in his first outing for the club since his record £75 million switch from Southampton.Sadio Mane, who returned from the CAF African Player of the Year ceremony in the morning having finished runner-up to team-mate Mohamed Salah, is also included in the starting XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah & Pierre-Emerick AubameyangThe Egyptian is unavailable due to a minor groin issue, while Philippe Coutinho misses out with a thigh knock as he closes in on his desired move to Barcelona.Jurgen Klopp has made six changes from the 2-1 victory at Burnley, with only Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane retained.Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, with centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan being named in reserve. James Milner switches in for Georginio Wijnaldum in the centre of the park, while Roberto Firmino is back leading the line.Andy Robertson returns at left-back, with Trent Alexander-Arnold moving to the bench and Gomez returning to the right flank.Goalkeeper Danny Ward is named in a matchday squad for the third time this season.Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Can, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, FirminoLiverpool subs: Ward, Klavan, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Solanke, Ings Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more