The Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia (ESAL) in collaboration with West Africa Ebola Affected Organization (WAESO) has launched a community outreach program aimed at creating awareness about stigma and discrimination against Ebola Survivors in Liberia.
ESAL President Korlia Bonrawolo told reporters last weekend that several communities in Monrovia and parts adjacent will be visited to ensure that residents are educated about stigma against people who once suffered from the deadly Ebola virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia. He explained that the project is part of their resilient awareness program that is intended to stop stigma. “We are going to several communities to spread messages about Ebola survivors. Some of these massages we will be carrying are centered on stigma and discrimination against Ebola survivors in Liberia”, he added. “We will make the people to know that discrimination is not good and at the same time make competent survivors to be part of community services”, Mr. Bonarwolo asserted. The Ebola survivors Association president also expressed optimism that after the outreach program community dwellers would be sensitized that EVD survivors are not dangerous to the public. Speaking at the launch of the program on the old Saturday, Mr. Bornawolo said they will be carrying anti-discriminatory messages in the form of inscriptions on poster sheets and other media. Survivors of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that killed thousands of people are said to be facing discrimination and stigma from their relatives and friends even though they were declared free from the disease several months ago. With offices on the Old Road, the Ebola survivors association of Liberia (ESAL), Inc. was founded as a not-for-profit organization with the sole purpose and responsibility, through advocacy to promote equality and ensure good livelihood for Ebola survivors (children and adults), as well as Ebola related orphans and woman that are vulnerable in society. The project is sponsored by PCI Media Impact.