As we focus more on the current Ebola crisis in Liberia, we wanted to update on what is happening. This project is currently deactivated but we still find relevant to keep our donors in the loop.
Good News, Ebola Virus Losing Ground in Liberia!
As the New Year, 2015 approaches, the prospects for ever bringing the Ebola Virus under control in West Africa was dim. However thanks to the sacrificial efforts of the Imani House, staff, management, the Brewerville Community and groups like ours, last week news came that new cases of the infectious Ebola disease are finally on the decline. In addition there may soon be testing of a promising preventative vaccine in Liberia.
While we continue to provide health care and community outreach and education, IHI is promoting a message of the need for everyone to practice vigilance and care. Without an Ebola preventative vaccine or a cure, we are cautioning the public to continue safe sanitary practices. If there is one case active in any country that case is a threat to the entire population if not isolated and treated.
Sadly in late September we received news that our two clinic registrars had died from Ebola. We immediately contacted the Ministry of Health, closed and decontaminated the clinic and quarantined all staff for 21 days. The virus was not contracted at the clinic but instead one registrar, Mr. Morrison, put himself at risk by taking the blood pressure of one of his neighbors who subsequently died. Mr. Morrison was banned from the clinic however it was too late, he had already infected his co-registrar, Mrs. Theresa. Imani House mourns the loss of these two promising young people.
It was not easy for Imani House ot overcome this tragic loss. We considered closing the clinic until the Ebola Epidemic passed. We feared for the lives of our other staff as the numbers of new cases rose each day. But the clinic staff was resolute - they wanted to reopen as soon as the quarantine was lifted. So on October 8th the program director left the safety of New York and returned to Liberia to support the staff's efforts. On November 10th the clinic reopened to much praise from the community. In addition we are working closely with Global Giving and Ebola Cares App. and have trained our local community outreach workers to use the donated android phones to collect important health demographics within the atmosphere of living under the threat of Ebola.
Thanks to GlobalGiving and others, In the next few weeks, Imani House will ship two Ambulances to serve the clinic, and the area of Brewerville. The renovation of our old clinic building that will serve as a triage and holding center for suspected Ebola cases is about 1/3 complete. We continue to raise awareness and funds.
Thanks so much to all of you who have sent prayers, kind words and contributions. We are hopeful as the year comes to an end that you will consider the excellent work of Imani House in Liberia and share our information with your friends and family members. All donations are acknowledged and are 100% tax deductible.
A recent interview on WNYC Radio with the IHI executive director, Bisi Ideraabdullah - Radio Interview Transcript
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Wishing you all a joyous and peaceful Holiday Season,
Bisi Ideraabdullah, ED
We at Imani House, would like to extend our gratitude to those who have supported our Brewerville Maternal/Child Clinic in Liberia. With your donations, we have been able to continue to serve 17,000 women and children within the community. It is important for us to keep our supporters updated on the status of our Clinic and the measures being taken to assure safe practices.
We are extremely saddened to report the passing of two members of our staff whose lives have been claimed by Ebola. Ms. Theresa Kpapima and Mr. Morrison Nyei, were hard working people whom greatly aided our mission in improving the healthcare of Liberian women and children and will sorely be missed. Our hearts go out to their families and friends.
As a continued safety precaution for our staff as well as the community we serve, we closed down the clinic for a 21-day decontamination period. Currently, we are working closely with the Ministry of Health in order to reopen the facility in a safe and precautious manner. There are steps being put in place to strengthen our defenses against the Ebola virus. Our goal is to reopen and continue to provide medical services to the women and children of Liberia.
We will continue to update you with news on the clinic and Liberia. Thank you so much for your support. This is a difficult time, but we cannot and will not lose hope.
We would like to first take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude for your support of Imani House. With your donations, we have been able to continue serving women and children in our Jahtondo Town, Brewerville clinic. We thank you for recognizing the importance of accessible and trustworthy healthcare in Liberia.
As you may have heard, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has appeared in Liberia. At the time of this update, over one hundred Liberians have succumbed to the devastating illness. Imani House is working with the Liberian Ministry of Health to protect and educate our staff and patients, but there is only so much local healthcare professionals can do to contain the virus. Thankfully, the clinic has not seen any cases of EVD at this point, but strengthening our lines of defense against the virus is essential. If you are able, please consider continuing to support Imani House so we can be even more prepared to tackle this urgent, growing issue.
Again, we thank you for your help. Keeping afloat after the loss of our primary donor is challenging, but your generosity has gone a very long way. You are truly helping to save our clinic, and in turn, helping to save the lives of women and children.
Please, if you can, pass along our link to two of your friends so they can learn about the work we do in Liberia. We look forward to providing you with additional updates in the future. May peace be with you!
Greetings All, Thanks to the support that Imani House has received from the Liberian Ministry of Health, Merlin and so many others we have finally been able to bring in solar panels at the Imani House Maternal/Child Clinic in Brewerville, Monrovia. The solar panels went up relatively quickly and have been serving the clinic for a couple of weeks now. With them, we can off-set some of the electricity costs that are generated by treating patients at the Clinic and ensure that we have steady electric power available on a consistent basis. With the solar panels, Imani House’s Maternal/Child Clinic has become a stronger resource for the community that we serve. We are truly grateful to the Health Ministry and Merlin for recognizing the work that we do and supporting us in this endeavor. We look forward to sharing more information with you in the future about our Liberian program’s future endeavors. Thankfully,
Hello Friends of Imani House Liberia,
Your support of our Maternal and Child Clinic in Liberia is saving young women and their children every day. We are continually training our midwives with the help of the Liberian Ministry of Health to deliver infants safely. We provide immunizations to newborns and pregnanet women in order to reduce the burden of preventable diseases.
Recently, we received a generous visit and gift from the Central Gospel Mission Church near our Clinic in Jahtondo Town. A delegation of women from the church expressed their thanks for our work by bringing us sanitation supplies, showing us that our investment in the community is making a difference.
We look forward to sharing progress as our Liberian programs expand and our health care services reach more people. Please feel free to tell your friends and family about us and show them the significant impact your donation had on the lives of so many Liberians.
Thank you once again,
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