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World Bank, Liberia to launch Psychosocial Health Project

Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 23, 2015)-The Liberian Government and the World Bank, in partnership with the Japanese Government, will launch a project to address Liberia’s post-Ebola impacts this Wednesday in Monrovia.

The Project co-named, “Supporting Psychosocial Health and Resilience in Liberia,” is being funded by Japan through itsSocial DevelopmentFund (JSDF), a World Bank’s Trust Fund.

The launching ceremony is expected to take place at the German Embassy in Congo Town, a suburb of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

The occasion is also expected to be graced by World Bank Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja, Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Kaoru Yoshimura, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn.

The occasion is also expected to be graced by Cater Center Liberia Project Head for Mental Health Program, Dr. Janice Cooper, among others.

The World Bank Group-Liberiais quoted as saying:”The 3-year project will be implemented by Carter Center Liberia and is expected to benefit about 18-thousand people in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.”

Prior to this latest development, the World Bank Group had committed US$1b toward Ebola response in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in West Africa.

The World Bank Group noted:”This amount includes US$18M from the IDA, the Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, to provide treatment and care, and prevent the spread of infections in the country.

It also noted that the amount is intended to improve public health systems, and help communities cope with the economic impact created by the Ebola crisis.

“The amount also includes at least US$450M, mobilized by the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to foster trade, investment and employment opportunities, the World Bank Group said.

 


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