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Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell
Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 26, 2015)-Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, wants efforts to address the Ebola virus’ psycho-social and mental impacts in Liberia go beyond catering to only Ebola survivors.

Minister Duncan-Cassell said in addition to addressing such problem, similar support should be given other vulnerable people in the country.

She said: “Government is concerned about psycho-social and mental counseling, because this was one of the key pillars not addressed during the disarmament exercise.”

Minister Duncan-Cassell made the statement Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the World Bank’s offices in Oldest Congo Town, where the Liberian Government and the World Bank, in partnership with the Japan Government, signed a US$3M Grant Agreement.

The Grant Agreement is in support of the psycho-social Health and Resilience project in Liberia.

Minister Duncan-Cassell expressed the hope that the project will go a long way in helping to reduce psycho-social and mental trauma as Liberia drives towards zero Ebola infectious rate.

The Gender Minister then praised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her leadership role in attracting such partner and donor supports to the post-Ebola recovery process.

She also lauded the Japanese Government for its intervention, but expects that the implementer would work at the community level.

Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Carter Center Country Director, Pewee Flomoku, said his entity has been working along with the Health Ministry to train more psycho-social and mental health providers to intern work along with the various communities.

Mr. Flomoku said: “The project has also re-enforced Carter Center’s commitment to working along with the Liberian Government and people.)

 


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