Team Debbah in 3rd Week Session

first_imgThe newly appointed coaches of the various Lone Stars yesterday continued their practices with selected neighborhood players at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as part of a program developed by the technical department of the Liberia Football Association.“The team they are working work is from the neighborhood around here,” technical director Henry Browne told the Daily Observer, “they have been working with these players for the last three weeks.”The Daily Observer observed coaches James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh, Joe Nagbe, Jonah Sarwieh, Oliver Markoh, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe and Thomas Kojo at the stadium. Kojo and Sebwe were actively working with a team of players, along with two females, including skipper Kebeh Lamine of Earth Angels.Thomas Kojo said, “Since the fight against the Ebola is still going on, we are now working with a limited number of players that will prepare us (coaches) on what is ahead of us.”Kojo meanwhile took the players into several stretching exercises, as the head coach of the senior national team, James Debbah and others gave him their attention.“Today’s session is being conducted by Kervin,” Kojo said, “and therefore as you can see the rest of the coaches are watching keenly while the LFA technical team of Browne, Tamba and Smith are also observing keenly.”The coaches’ have attended all sessions, since the session began three weeks ago, and the responses of the players have been impressive, Browne said.Because the fight against Ebola is still on-going, fans attendance to the training sessions are restricted, Browne told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, after series of exercise with the men, Coach Sebwe joined two female players and took them through a series of stretching, ball control and possession exercises.“Every time we come here,” Kojo explained, “one of us (coaches) will lead the training while others pay attention to what a coach is doing.”And it was exactly what Kervin Sebwe was doing while the others were observing and taking notes.“Later we examine and critic each other,” Kojo said, “and that way we know what we are doing which will help us when we begin the actual work with our respective groups.”Browne said after the Christmas break, teams would be assigned to the various coaches to begin the actual work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US to Invest US$57.2M in Health Sector

first_imgThe United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on June 4, launched a project costing over US$57 million to help revitalize the Liberian Health Sector.The project will be implemented by the Collaborate Support for Health (CSH) and the Partnership for Advancing Community-based Support (PACS), supervised by USAID.At the launch, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac reflected that the past months have shown that a functional healthcare system is critical to Liberia’s overall economic development.During the Ebola crisis, she recalled, Liberian healthcare workers struggled to deliver needed health services for those affected, as well as to Liberians who desired basic services such as immunization, antenatal care and treatment for malaria.Ambassador Malac expressed satisfaction that the U.S. Government remained a steadfast partner throughout the Ebola crisis, committing over US$1 billion to fighting the virus in the West African sub-region.She disclosed that through USAID, her government has provided US$47 million annually to support Liberia’s health system up to 2015, in line with the National Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan.At the core of the U.S. health development program in Liberia, United States’ direct support to the Ministry of Health through “Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement” (FARA) supports the delivery of basic health services in over 200 health facilities covering more than one third of Liberia’s population. FARA support covers six counties, including Bong, Nimba, and Lofa, and targeted facilities for maternal health services in Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties.The support from USAID to the health sector is in line with the 10-year Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan, providing direct financing to the Government of Liberia for delivery of quality health services and technical assistance to strengthen management, governance, and human capacity in the health system.The assistance, USAID and partners said in a statement, will support restoration of the health system following the Ebola crisis in line with Liberia’s Investment plan for building a resilient health system.The two programs, CSH and PACS, bring together a set of international and Liberian non-governmental organizations with extensive experience in expanding access to health services, and will specifically benefit the Ministry of Health, Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.The USAID CSH 5-year Program targets US$32.4 million and will be implemented by the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and its partners including the Development Innovations Group, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jhpiego, and Results for Development.CSH according to its plan of action will collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Bong, Lofa, and Nimba County health teams to expand access to and quality of health services, and with the Ministry of Public Works.The Partnership for Advancing Community-based Services (PACS), through its 5-year, US$24.8 million program will focus on increasing access to quality community-based health and social services through capacity building and system strengthening, support for health communications, and improved access to safe water and sanitation services.PACS will also provide strategic support to the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Protection and Ministry of Public Works, at county level. Its partners include International Rescue Committee (IRC), Global Communities, Population Services International (PSI), Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).Meanwhile, Minister of Health designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn commended the U.S. Government for the assistance.Dr. Dahn said the assistance is meaningful and comes at an opportune time to help MOH to fully implement its health plan drawn in 2006.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more