The Zero Ebola case projects ZEC aims at preventing infections and reinfections and equipping communities

The Zero ebola case projects ZEC aims at preventing infections and reinfections and equipping communities, especially women with capacity to protect themselves and others from future infections. Through ZEC the First Lady seeks to raise awareness and capacitate female traditional structures and groups through sensitization for behavior change and training in disease recognition and management systems at the chiefdom level. Speaking during one of their sensitization programs in kono, Alpha Algali National Coordinator ZEC, says that the Bondo, sowies and traditional birth attendants remain one of the most vulnerable

 

groups by virtue of being amongst active first line traditional medicine interventionists at the community level. They are predominantly women and are a powerful force for change in behaviour by other women and hopefully children. He says that they are recognized as leading care givers in communities in Sierra Leone, which makes them one of the most vulnerable groups to ebola. This one-day program held at the koidu new sembehun city council hall is meant to sensitize women from different communities in kono on the need to stay vigilant.  In attendance were the soweis, bondo and TBA’s although at the same time some chiefdoms in the district held their own sensitization programs at chiefdom level. It could be recalled that at the peak of the Ebola virus disease the office of the first lady and plan Sierra Leone initiated the Ebola Resistant Behaviour Change initiative which was geared towards stopping or breaking the chain of infection and getting infected persons to treatment centres. According to Mohamed who represented the first lady Whilst ERB objective has been achieved, there is the need to build resilience in the communities against Ebola and other infectious diseases. He says that the ERB program of the first lady and plan international Sierra Leone demonstrated huge positive impact that the first lady’s advocacy has on cultural establishments and traditional institutions with the aim of behaviour change for getting to zero Ebola cases.  Mr Mohamed said that all cultural societies including the Bondo societyled by the soweis came together in a single forum for the first time to create a unified traditional force with a national voice to motivateand enforce bye-laws and national health emergency regulations. He stressed that the ZEC project will help promote resilience in communities, and sustain the social mobilization outcomes of the ERB program and foundations. The mayor of Kono Emerson sahr hailed the women of the eastern region saying that their efforts to ensure that Ebola is eradicated has earned them the envious honour of been called heroines. He recalled the first lady’s intervention through the ERBC Initiative saying that he personally received several items from the first lady on behalf of the women of Kono. Mohamed a staff of the office of the first lady says that the first lady is highly grateful to the women of the east for adhering to what the health experts say which is why they have gone two hundred days without Ebola. He said that since last year when Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone the first lady has been very supportive of her husband in his efforts to eradicating Ebola from the country. He highlighted some of the first lady’s health interventions before Ebola such as the WISH Project.l mobilization that ZEC targets is in line with plan international sierra leone’s ebola recovery plan which has a goal stating that girls and boys, men and women, in communities are able to mitigate, and recover from shocks and stresses posed by the ebola epidemic and sustainably improve their livelihoods, and acess to quality education, health services and protection. The Zero ebola case projects ZEC aims at preventing infections and reinfections and equipping communities, especially women with capacity to protect themselves and others from future infections. Through ZEC the First Lady seeks to raise awareness and capacitate female traditional structures and groups through sensitization for behaviour change and training in disease recognition and management systems at the chiefdom level. Speaking during one of their sensitization programs in kono, Alpha Algali National Coordinator ZEC, says that the Bondo, sowies and traditional birth attendants remain one of the most vulnerable groups by virtue of being amongst active first line traditional medicine interventionists at the community level. They are predominantly women and are a powerful force for change in behavior by other women and hopefully children. He says that they are recognized as leading care givers in communities in Sierra Leone which makes them one of the most vulnerable groups to ebola. This one day program held at the koidu new sembehun city council hall is meant to sensitize women from different communities in kono on the need to stay vigilant.  In attendance were the soweis, bondo and TBA’s although at the same time some chiefdoms in the district held their own sensitization programs at chiefdom level. It could be recalled that at the peak of the Ebola virus disease the office of the first lady and plan Sierra Leone initiated the Ebola Resistant Behavior Change initiative which was  geared towards stopping or breaking the chain of infection and getting infected persons to treatment centers.