Scientists gain better understanding of how Ebola disables people's immune defenses

PUBLIC RELEASE: 23-MAY-2017 Scientists gain better understanding of how Ebola disables people's immune defenses GALVESTON, Texas - University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston scientists have unlocked mysteries of how the Ebola virus hampers the body's natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and its accompanying lethal disease, according to a new report in PLOS Pathogens.

Local NGOs Champion 'Healthy Life' Campaigns

MONROVIA, December 10, 2016 --- Today Mercy Corps Liberia and its 23 NGO partners wrapped up a national workshop that brought together representatives from across the ECAP consortium, which is funded by USAID.

At the workshop, partners from all counties agreed to step up efforts to engage communities to fight some of the leading causes of diseases and ill health, including in some of Liberia’s most remote rural areas, and ensure sustained vigilance against Ebola.

Mobilizing communities to take charge of their health: The story of ECAP

This month Mercy Corps Liberia wraps up its innovative social mobilization program, the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), which played a pivotal role in the Ebola response. It will be well remembered by all involved, and it offers unique insights into emergency programming. 

Promoting Community Health-PMU Liberia Ends Post Ebola Project

FRONTAGE AFRICA, June 22 2016 --- The Pentecostal Mission Unlimited (PMU-Liberia) has ended an eight month Ebola community action platform (E-CAP 2) project, calling on community members to promote good health.  

In an exclusive interview with FrontPageAfrica over the weekend at his ELWA office, the Program Manager of the organization explained that the project was intended to promote community health, [and] ensure community resilience to diseases in Liberia.

‘Take Responsibility For Your Own Life’- US Envoy challenges Liberians

U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Sheila Paskman, has called on Liberians to take full responsibility for their lives by working in their respective local communities to achieve the health platform set up by Mercy Corps in collaboration with the Ebola Action Community Platform (ECAP2) project.

Published on Tuesday 31 May in The Daily Observer.

Local Partners Celebrate Community Health Achievements

PAYNESVILLE, May 26, 2016 --- Today Mercy Corps Liberia hosted a national workshop that brought together Liberian NGOs, officials from the Ministry of Health, USAID and media partners who have contributed to a 1-year community health program known as ECAP 2, which has now directly benefitted 1.3 million Liberians with critical health information through community campaigns.

Mercy Corps Celebrates Community Mobilization Efforts Against Ebola

PAYNESVILLE, Montserrado – Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization, held a two-day national conference to celebrate achievements of its community health mobilization program.

Read more at The Bush Chicken website

by Gbatemah Senah

The conference took place at the Golden Gate Hotel near the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. Representatives from the Ministry of Health and more than 20 NGOs’ which participated in the second phase of the Ebola Community Action Platform program are attending the conference.

BLOG - Overcoming the Burden of Distance to Improve People's Health

May 15, 2016 --- Gbarpolu County is one of the most newly established counties in Liberia. It is an incredibly diverse county with many cultures and tribes, and has high levels of poverty, a challenging road network – much of it next to impassable in the rainy season - as well as a lack of network connectivity.

OP-ED: Regaining the People’s Trust in the Health System: What Will It Take?

Community engagement helped turn the tide of Ebola, and will be critical in combatting this latest outbreak. But there’s a broader lesson here. If we are to prevent future epidemics, communities need to remain actively engaged in efforts to strengthen the health sector.

This is not to say we don’t also need to look at quality. We do. We need more trained health workers and doctors. We need more clinics in very remote areas. We need better water infrastructure and latrines.