Awareness Campaign in Liberia Helps Limit Ebola Stigma

first_imgSebastian Dean sits in front of his house in Liberia’s Cow Field Community, in Paynesville, on the outskirts of Monrovia, watching his children play soccer with other neighborhood children.Dean, 38, a nurse, and his family were among the more than 150 people who had been quarantined for 21 days after having come into contact with a 15-year-old boy, Nathan Gboto, who died from Ebola last month.All those quarantined were found free of Ebola and were released from the quarantine center on December 11. They have been reintegrated into their community.Fears of stigmaDespite initial fears of stigma, Dean said he and his family was welcomed back into the community — a stark change from last year when fear, lack of education and community resistance left survivors and victim contacts ostracized.“My friends, brothers, whosoever, everybody [is] coming around. It was necessary and they highly welcomed us,” he said. “Community people; actually, the community. I even thank the community chairman, the community people, every one of them. I mean, they work in line with us and, today, we are all living happily, no stigmatization.”More than 10,000 people have contracted Ebola since the outbreak began in 2014 and more than 4,000 died.For a long time, many survivors and the families of victims were shunned and ostracized, due to fear of the virus.But now, things have begun to change, they say.AwarenessCow Field Community Chairman Thomas Pluato said upon hearing that his community was affected, he and his neighbors worked to create awareness on stigmatization.“We were very happy to have received them from the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit). … I performed the welcoming ceremony by becoming the first person to shake all of [their] hands,” Plauto said. “Normally, when you are pronounced [an] Ebola survivor or patient, it stigmatizes you. But since we are getting to understand what Ebola is and how it works and what are the preventive measures, so we thought it wise that we cannot get the Ebola from them when they have already been pronounced survivors,” he said.Dr. Mosoka Fallah of Liberia’s Ministry of Health said he has been working with the community to show them that stigma is not helpful.“We have learned a lot about the dark episode of the Ebola crisis. There have been some good things we can look back to. The community perception has changed a lot and it is in our favor,” Fallah said. “To work with that and the experiences we learn from Ebola can be used to attackother essential health issues in our country. The communities are resourceful. We need to take advantage of that to address health issues and other things.”Liberia is again waiting for a 42-day incubation period to end in order to be declared Ebola-free… for the third time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgRed Hughs Notes 14/04/2013Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Richard Hume, Ard McCool and Joe Marley matched 3 numbers to win €25 each. Numbers drawn were 4,1,7,3,6,2,8,5. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,150. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 20th April – Joe Carlin, 27th April – Eamonn Kelly, 4th May – Maurice O’Donnell and 11th May – Ollie Doherty. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Conor Callaghan who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & Reserves The league season continued for both teams on Saturday away to Fanad Gaels. The reserves had a tough evening missing a few regulars and the game was very close in the first half but they had a bad start to the second period and never recovered. Final score: Red Hughs 0-8 Fanad 3-14. The seniors also had a tough game against a strong Fanad outfit but they played some good football and despite defeat there were plenty of positives to take into the next game. Final score: Fanad 1-11 Red Hughs 1-8.Both teams are fixed to play Carndonagh at home this Saturday 20th April with the senior at 7.00pm and reserve at 5.45pm. All come out and support the teams.Senior LadiesThe senior ladies played Carndonagh at home on Sunday and were beaten by a strong Carn side. There was a large turnout of girls for this game which is encouraging for the rest of the season. Their next game is this Sunday 21st April away to Buncrana at 12.00 Noon.Minor BoardU14 boys are fixed to play Muff at home this Wednesday 17th April at 7.00pm.The minors made the long journey to play Carndonagh on Friday last and were defeated for the first time this season. But they are still well in contention for league honours. Final score: Carndonagh 2-6 Red Hughs 0-5. Their next fixture is away to Moville next Tuesday 23rd April at 7.00pm. Underage training continues this Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon for all boys and girls from U6 to U12/13. The U12/13 girls training continues on Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon. All new players are welcome. Players are now required to wear gumshields at all training sessions and games.U14 girls training takes place at the pitch on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. All girls are asked to attend. Players born from January 1999 to form panel. All new players welcome. Girls to bring their own waterbottle/mouthguard/gloves. Contact Kate Bradley (086) 3421602 or Cathal Doherty (086) 3038286.Back of the Wall 5K ChallengeThis years ‘Back of the Wall Challenge’ 5k walk/run takes place this Sunday 21st April at 11.00am. Entry can be made on the day between 9.30 and 10.30am. €5 per adult/€3 per child. All are welcome. Check the Red Hughs Facebook page for more details and for training schedule. Johnny Brady ConcertCountry music star Johnny Brady will play live in Jackson Hotel on Friday 17th May in aid of Red Hughs GAA. Tickets are currently on sale priced at €15. All supporters and club members are encouraged to support this event.Circuit TrainingCircuit training classes take place in the clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays. Classes are open to men and women of all fitness levels and are a great chance to meet your fitness goals giving a total body workout. Ladies only classes take place on Mondays at 6.00pm and 6.30pm on Thursdays. A mixed class for beginners to advanced takes place on Mondays at 7.00pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm. Classes are open to all within or outside the Red Hughs club. Contact Troy McCormick (087) 7501680 or Calvin Bradley (086) 2424248 for more details.Gaelic Life ArticleThere will be a feature article on Red Hughs in this weeks ‘Gaelic Life’ newspaper which will be out at the end of this week.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RED HUGHS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more