Mali: Mali launches youth programme to sensitize communities on Ebola

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali on Monday launched a programme under which 300 youth will be deployed to several communities to fight the Ebola disease, as it works to be declared Ebola-free.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Mali, Makane Kane and the Malian minister of Youth and Citizen Construction, Mamadou Gaousssou Diarra, launched the programme that will see the youth deployed to  the district of Bamako, Kourémalé, Yanfolila, Sélingué, Kéniéba and Kita, near the Guinean border, according to a communiqué issued to by UNFPA.

Among those present were Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, chief of the UN Mission of the fight against Ebola in Mali.

The youths, called peer educators, will sensitize communities, particularly through the network of 11 radio stations "The Voice of Youths" provided by UNFPA, for the active surveillance of suspected Ebola cases in the districts and villages.

During the ceremony, the UNFPA representative gave the minister 50 mobile phones for the zones which would gather data day-by-day on suspected Ebola cases or deaths reported in their localities and to transmit the information to the national level through the system established by the emergency operational centre.

UNFPA has already provided technical equipment to Mali's national response plan and, as leader of the UN Communication Group (UNCG), UNFPA has also contributed to the preparation of Ebola messages and sensitization.

In another development, UNFPA has recruited and deployed 20 epidemiologists, 25 midwives, 17 nurses and obstetricians, 15 senior health technicians, 21 middle-level technicians in Bamako, particularly at the international airport of Bamako-Senou, Koulikoro, Kayes, Sikasso Segou, Mopti and Gao.

They will help strengthen the health system while contributing to the Ebola response. Further, to strengthen the logistics and epidemiological surveillance at the emergency operational centre, UNFPA has also ordered several pick-up vehicles that will be delivered early next year.

Mali has had a number of cases of Ebola which were imported from Guinea. However, it expects to be declared free of the deadly disease by the World Health Organisation as no fresh has been reported for several weeks.
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22 december 2014 20:29:18




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