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In 2003, Liberia’s 14-year civil war ended. In its wake, the conflict left a barely functioning economy, destroyed infrastructure and an impoverished and food-insecure population that had suffered displacement, trauma, and the deaths of over a quarter of a million people. Liberia’s transition to a secure and more prosperous future suffered a tremendous setback with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that began in March 2014. The outbreak took a significant toll on Liberia’s health systems, economy, and government infrastructure. The combination of a weak existing health system and a highly infectious outbreak overwhelmed county- and the remote areas. With the impaired public health system and a little-done work done to improve those gaps, Liberia was faced with the higher death rate by the end of the year 2015 Ebola epidemic which became the largest in history, affecting Liberia and multiple countries in West Africa. Worldwide, the World Health Organization has reported 28,637 cases of Ebola and 11,315 deaths. The Center for Disease Control and partners worked together to stop the epidemic.
Liberia as a country, Only had 50 doctors to treat a population of more than four million people. If you got sick in the city, you stood the chance to find no proper treatment due to lack medications medical equipment’s. And if you got sick in a remote community – many of which are hours or even days away from the nearest clinic – you could die anonymously of a treatable condition like malaria, complicated childbirth, or untreated diarrhea. Moreover, environmental solid waste management system in Liberia is also a serious issue faced by the public health and environmental bureau, according to the 2015 waste management report, Liberia is faced with poor sanitation and has become an embarrassment, because it doesn’t only give a picture to an emerging health crisis but gives the country poor human face. Poor sanitation has posed many infectious diseases the ideal opportunity to spread, plenty of waste and excreta for flies to breed on, and unsafe water to drink, wash with or swim or swim in among human parasitic diseases. A research study shows that sanitation has important implications for health and human capital development In August 2015, a philanthropic Liberian and group of young Liberian youth volunteers, war survivors, experience humanitarian workers came together to address these challenges. Jefferson Henry, James Wilson, Malcolm Debah, Morris T Myers, Danial Diah, and Philip Totaye CEO & co-founded the RHSC Liberia Inc. committed to seeking the establishment of a community based sanitation, solid waste management initiative and support to school dropout for Liberia’s surviving population through a Volunteer youth movement and initiatives to tickle issues affecting our semi-urban and rural communities.
They called themselves Restoring hope for Survivors of Crisis Liberia Inc. Joined by Isaac Dahn co-founder of RHSC USA in 2016, began Liberia’s first survivors volunteer project, public volunteer initiatives on city safety and clean surrounding exercise, which lay out several drainages, side brush keep hazard areas around key cities in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, and Margibi counties during the and after the Ebola outbreak in Liberia without been pay for their labored. Almost immediately, our growing team realized that the greatest need to improve survivor’s life is by reduces those key issues affecting their communities and to totally get involved by giving involuntarily to a community that lacked access to various public healthcare due to access and poverty. Their solution was to identify, manage, and work community members to conduct these services to their neighbors. In so doing, they were also able to create a strong link between remote communities and the government’s public-sector health system. The team recognizing the percentage gap of school dropout, created a strong link with the ministry of education, NGO’s and other partners to help identify and link school dropout to learning and capacity building institutes for continuous learning in various skills, but not limited to academic Through the generosity of our dedicated volunteers, we supported the Government of Liberia in establishing community base small waste management groups, sensitization to community members to prevent and contain the spread of Ebola. In 4 counties across Liberia, we supported health workers on sensitization on hand washing practices, community cleanliness during and after the outbreak, support the health ministry on the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including goggles, gloves, and gowns, and participated in training on best practices in disease prevention and control. At the community level, we promote sensitization and educate communities about the cause of Ebola and other public health diseases, how to prevent its spread, and how to manage and report suspected cases.
We identify and link school dropout to continue learning through donor-driven partners and private sectors The Ebola outbreak, which was finally brought to a halt in 2016, was a defining moment in the growth of our volunteer organization. A tragedy of unfathomable scope, it highlighted the need for a stronger team and more resilient on public health initiatives that reach even Liberia’s most remote communities. And at the same time, it also highlighted the key role that ordinary community members and volunteers can play in transforming Environmental Waste management outcomes by getting involve into helping the government mitigate lifesaving public healthcare services – including sanitation and hygiene initiatives to the community level. Around the world, one billion people lack access to proper waste management healthcare because they live too far from a health facility and lacked the tools, information and a team of volunteers to help them fight it. Today, we are more committed than ever before to bridging a bridge that leads to a clean and healthiest community, established dump sites and continue education in the remote communities by deploying community volunteer workers to help bring public health services to the doorsteps of people living in cities and remote area of Liberia.