18,000 Liberians to Benefit from World Bank US$3m Psychosocial Project

first_imgThe Liberian government and the World Bank Group (WB), in partnership with the Government of Japan, have launched a new US$3m project to address the effects of the Ebola crisis and promote psychosocial health in the country.“Over 18,000 persons in Montserrado and Margibi Counties will benefit from the three-year project, which will also support capacity building of existing cadres of mental health providers,” said Ms. Inguna Dobraja of the World Bank Group.Making the disclosure yesterday at the World Bank office in Monrovia, Country Manager Dobraja explained that the launch of the US$3 million project is a milestone, “in our joint efforts as Liberia experiences a reduction of new Ebola cases throughout the country.”“The Psychosocial Health and Resilience project,” the WB Country Manager said, “will respond to the most urgent psychosocial and mental health needs resulting from the Ebola crisis and will also contribute to building psychological resilience at the individual and community level.”  Ms. Dobraja lauded the Japanese Government for supporting the project, and expressed optimism for “a smooth working relationship with the Ministry of Health and the Carter Center during the implementation of the project.”In her remarks, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia and Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernice Dahn, said the support of the World Bank will ease the psychosocial impact of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.The Health Ministry also recognized the contribution of the Carter Center in training over 100 mental health clinicians who are currently providing services in the various counties,” she said.The Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Kaoru Yoshimura, underscored his government’s continued commitment to eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease from Liberia.According to him, the Government of Japan has, to date, contributed more than US$100m to fight the virus, adding that out of this amount, the World Bank has been allocated US$20m to support an Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction Trust Fund for Liberia.“Japan will continue to support ‘post-Ebola’ initiatives based on our understanding that recovery in the society from the damage is significant for resilience,” the Ambassador declared.“We would like to contribute to post-Ebola matters together with the Government and people of Liberia.  A (stable) psychosocial condition is needed for the people of Liberia to bounce back from the effects of Ebola,” he maintained.He promised that Japan will continue to support Liberia’s efforts especially in the areas of infrastructure, such as power, roads, health, education and food security, as well as capacity building of the people.Dr. Janice Cooper, the Carter Center’s Project Lead for its Mental Health Program in Liberia, explained that the Ebola outbreak in the country increased mental health and psychosocial issues of individuals and communities, and the project represents an opportunity to help heal the psychosocial consequences it left behind.Said Dr. Cooper, “The project’s innovative interventions will also help foster resilient individuals and communities that can contribute to the country’s recovery and development.”In remarks, Dr. Rianna Mohammed-Roberts, World Bank Senior Health Specialist and Bank Task Team Leader responsible for Liberia’s health portfolio, emphasized that Montserrado and Margibi Counties were badly hit by the virus and such a program will greatly alleviate the issue of mental health problems.“The Japanese Social Development Fund will help mitigate the psychosocial impact of Ebola virus in Liberia,” she noted, adding that implementation of interventions will incorporate counseling, community dialogues and anti-stigma campaigns.”At the ceremony were Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, other Health Ministry officials, officials of the Justice Ministry, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), development partners and project beneficiaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER N15 SMASH

first_imgTHE N15 outside Ballyshannon has re-opened after a car crash there earlier this evening.The incident happened at 5.30pm at Parkhill outside the town.Two vehicles were involved in the incident. No-one was seriously injured. Gardaí are asking motorists to slow down in the area. ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER N15 SMASH was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Collision claim against city of Vancouver settled for 175000

first_imgThe city of Vancouver approved a $175,000 settlement with William Bright as a result of a crash involving Bright and a Vancouver Fire Department battalion chief.In December 2015, Bright’s vehicle was struck by that of a battalion chief, according to a city staff report. The unnamed chief was responding to an emergency call and entered the intersection at Evergreen Boulevard and Broadway. His emergency lights and Opticom system were on, but Bright’s vehicle also entered the intersection during a green light and was struck by the emergency vehicle. Bright’s vehicle rolled over as a result of the impact.Bright fractured two ribs and has had ongoing pain stemming from the collision, according to a city staff report. His medical bills amounted to nearly $90,000.Bright filed a tort claim with the city on Jan. 7, 2016, seeking $400,000. Rather than move forward with a lawsuit and trial, Bright and the city agreed to settle after a mediation session held last month. Both parties acknowledged that the liable party in the incident was unclear, according to a city staff report.The $175,000 settlement extinguishes the city’s liability and avoids a lawsuit. The settlement will be paid out of the city’s risk fund. The Vancouver City Council approved the agreement Monday evening.last_img read more