Liberia

map of Liberia

IsraAID arrived in Liberia in June, 2015, to support communities during the Ebola outbreak. One year later, communities continue to face challenges resulting in local instability and trauma. IsraAID’s programs in Liberia aim to improve and increase access to the local health care system and prevent and reduce violence against children and women.


Statistics

Population
4.503 million
Human Development Rank
177 (out of 188)
Life expectancy at birth (2016 est.)
59
Child marriage (%) married by 18
48.7%
Adult Literacy
42.9%
Total Fertility Rate (2016 est.)
4.6 children/woman
WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola
14th of January, 2016
Deaths by Ebola
4.810
Ebola Orphans
Over 6.000

IsraAID and Liberia

Liberia’s Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection enlisted IsraAID to focus on prevention and reduction of violence against women and children. Within a six-month period, IsraAID trained social workers and mental health professionals on strategies for working with children affected by the epidemic.

The success of IsraAID’s training sessions helped build capacity for creation of a joint UNICEF/UNFPA program addressing gender-based violence (GBV). IsraAID led training sessions and community dialogues on GBV in four regions. Community members developed action plans to reflect specific needs related to addressing violence at the local level.

Our Projects

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Recreational and Empowerment Training and Workshop (RETAW)

(Project ended December 2015)

Mental Health services are scarce in remote areas in Liberia and few professionals are equipped to meet the needs of children who have suffered severe distress and trauma during the Ebola outbreak. For children to cope and to heal, there is an immense need for psychosocial support.

In addition, many women confront challenges including limited means of transportation, lacking healthcare infrastructure and limited access to medical personnel.

IsraAID’s Recreational and Empowerment Training and Workshop (RETAW) began with a two-day pilot training program to structure the long-term project. Professionals that participated in training sessions were directly supervised and monitored in the field. Local outreach efforts raised awareness on issues related to gender-based violence and eased access to relevant community resources and health care services.

Goals

  • Provide training to incorporate lessons learned in the field and improve implementation of activities for professionals
  • Strengthen communication among trainees to provide continued holistic support

Achievements

  • 136 professionals; social workers and mental health professionals were trained in play and recreational-based activities to support children affected by Ebola in the region.
  • Facilitated 3 months of trainee supervision and monitoring to evaluate quality and efficiency of program and activity implementation.
  • Outreach on use of alternative therapies with children to local mental health professionals, social workers, and community members.
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Community dialogues for change: engagement and multi sectoral training for the reduction of GBV

(Project ended June 2015)

A joint program with IsraAID and UNICEF/UNFPA on prevention and reduction of gender-based violence (GBV), generated through healthy community dialogue. The 6-week program involved training sessions for healthcare workers, law enforcement, social workers, and care givers in addition to providing resources for GBV survivors.

The project was facilitated in 4- stages: 1) Multi-sectoral GBV training; 2) Training of facilitators for community dialogues in five different locations 3) Community dialogues on GBV carried out by local facilitators 4) Structuring of local interventions and targeted projects at the community level. 

Goals

  • Work with professionals across sectors to raise awareness about GBV and support GBV reduction efforts.
  • Connect community leaders and community dialogue facilitators to appropriate resources for healthcare and services for GBV survivors and for women at risk.
  • Identify specific GBV issues and encourage community dialogues to seek local solutions

Achievements

  • 30 professionals trained in GBV reduction methods and activities including law enforcement, social workers, nurses, community leaders, correctional officers, and government officials with focus on psycho-social support and improved access to community resources
  • 10 community dialogue facilitators trained
  • 5 community dialogue sessions held in five different regions of Liberia
  • Ongoing outreach and information gathering on GBV prevention for community members to access local health services and resources