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

MISSIONARIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE TO GATHER IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe largest ever International Gathering of Christian Missionaries is to be held in Donegal in the coming days.The Columba Community of Prayer and Reconciliation is proud to host ‘Welcome Home to Missionaries’ from Friday 7th – 9th June 2013, as part of ‘The Gathering’ festivities happening throughout Ireland.The weekend, held at the IOSAS Centre and Celtic Prayer Garden in Lenamore, Muff, Co. Donegal, will be a celebration of Christian missionaries throughout the world, with over sixty returning home to Ireland especially for this event. Archbishop Eamon Martin will open these events on Friday 7th June at 6pm.Guest speakers from Kenya and the Philippines, including three times nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize Fr. Shay Cullen, will speak of their work. This seminar will be followed by small group discussion on the question “Is Ireland in Need of Mission?”Falling on the feast of St. Columba, the weekend also boasts short dramas highlighting the work and sacrifice of Columba, Ireland’s first Christian Missionary. Missionaries representing the five continents will give presentations regarding and their own work throughout the world.On the Saturday an interactive street pageant ‘The Return of Colmcille’, penned by award-winning writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, will parade through Derry, City of Culture for 2013, in an entertaining story awash with colour and music. The setting for this festival is in itself a joy to behold. The Island of Saints and Scholars (IOSAS) Centre and Celtic Prayer Garden lies in the idyllic and serene Donegal countryside.The unique venue, dedicated to the saints and scholars of Ireland’s Golden Age between the 5th and 12th centuries, is set amongst six acres of natural bog land, with paths laid among the wild heather and scattered moss creating a peaceful and tranquil opportunity for a walk of reflection and prayer.This year also marks the 1450th anniversary of Columba’s first mission to the island of Iona where he founded his monastery in 563AD. What better time than now then to celebrate and honour the men and women who have followed in his footsteps, dedicating their lives in service around the world.Friday 7th June 6pm: Celtic Peace Garden, IOSAS Centre: Archbishop Eamon Martin opens our seminar, and introduces the guest speakers Derek Roulston, and three times nominee for Nobel Peace Prize Fr. Shay Cullen. Group discussion to follow.Saturday 8th June: Derry City (UK City of Culture 2013) “The Return of Colmcille” Interactive street pageant written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and produced by Walk the Plank which will take place at various points on both sides of the river. Sunday 9th June: 12noon: Mass in honour of St Columba in St Columba’s Church, Longtower, Derry. All welcome.2:30pm Celtic Peace Garden, IOSAS Centre: Welcome Home to Missionaries celebration.MISSIONARIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE TO GATHER IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 23rd, 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:missionariesPeace GardenThe Gatheringlast_img read more