In light of the recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) flare up in neighbouring Guinea, Plan International is focusing on prevention and preparedness measures in Guinea-Bissau.
EVD has a devastating long-term impact on children and communities. Although to date there have been no reported cases in Guinea-Bissau, we are ensuring that strong preparedness measures are in place in high-risk communities near the border with Guinea.
From 19 – 20 of March 2016, Plan International Guinea-Bissau facilitated a training session for 60 people from the highly vulnerable communities of Sinta Botche and Sonaco.
The training aimed to strengthen the knowledge of community members, particularly child protection committees, on the active surveillance of EVD. The training covered symptoms, treatment, prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene.
Plan International Guinea-Bissau has adopted a multi-thronged approach and integrated child protection, health and water, sanitation and hygiene to ensure that the training is sustainable and has the maximum possible impact.
The involvement of key stakeholders – notably child protection committees and local extension services of our partners, Ministries of Water and Health – will ensure that surveillance and preparedness measures are coordinated, consistent and in line with the national EVD contingency plan.
Plan International Guinea-Bissau has also raised awareness on Ebola prevention in schools, involving children to strenghten their capacity to recognise symptoms and take preventative measures.
By ensuring that strong preparedness measures are in place, Plan International is empowering communities to prevent EVD and protect children from the deadly virus in the long-term.