NAYMOTE's youth volunteers play a crucial role in the Ebola Response Programme. - Photo: William Vest-Lillesøe

Press Release,  MONROVIA – December 16th, 2014

Since 2005, IBIS has worked in Liberia supporting and implementing projects in the Education and Governance sectors in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Sinoe counties. In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, IBIS refocused its efforts to contribute to the national Ebola response, under a new Ebola Response Programme, which will contribute to tackle challenges in the education and governance sectors caused by the outbreak.

Under this wider programme, IBIS and its partners have now launched a 6-month Ebola Response Project to support the national Ebola response and recovery efforts.

Although largely considered a public health crisis, the Ebola outbreak has also severely strained government systems and processes, testing the trust between citizens and their Government. Basic services, including education for over a million children and youth, came to a standstill. With the new Ebola Response Project, IBIS and its partners will help ensure that communities and civil society are able to identify needs and solutions, both in terms of the health response and the longer-term recovery process, and that concrete and urgent action plans are developed and rolled out for the safe resumption of education services.

In the words of IBIS’ Deputy Governance Programme Director, Morris W. Gbessagee: “I travel around the country and I see all the distribution of buckets and hygiene materials and that is fine. But we also have to remember that there will be a post-Ebola period of rebuilding and getting back on track with the development of the country. Kids will come back to school and the situation will be different from before. Should we install sanitation facilities in all the schools? How will hygiene and the fear of infection be managed? What if a child gets sick? At IBIS, we are working to help ensure that these processes, such as the eventual reopening of schools, become trouble and stress free.”

The project will be implemented in partnership with the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), NAYMOTE - Partners for Democratic Development, the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) and the Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI). The programme, which will be implemented at the national level in Montserrado and at county-level in Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Sinoe, will support particularly the education sector response through support to the joint country-wide assessment of the preconditions for the reopening of schools, facilitation of civil society input into the national and county plans for school reopening and the resumption of quality education, and support to the development of national and county school health action plans to allow for a safe return to school for students and teachers. The project will also support Ebola community awareness raising and outreach in the three counties.

Through the programme, IBIS and its partners aim to ensure that citizens and civil society are better able to support the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease and participate actively in the planning, implementation and monitoring of a quality evidence-based national emergency and recovery response. Project activities will be carried out in close cooperation with national and local coordination structures and authorities related to the Ebola response, national and local civil society organisations, schools, and volunteers.

For more information, contact:

Morris W. Gbessagee, Deputy Governance Programme Director
Tel: +231 (0) 886 042450

Download the press release here:
IBIS and Partners Launch Ebola Response Programme - Press Release

Also read, share and download two fact sheets that outline IBIS' response within Education and Democratic Reform:
IBIS Liberia responds to Ebola - Emergency Education and Safe Return to Schools
IBIS Liberia responds to Ebola - Democratic Reform and Transparency