Japanese and Peacebuilding fund secures Laboratory Equipment, Motorbikes for GovernmentMar 23, 2018
In continuation of efforts to support and Strengthen post-ebola medical surveillance, promote social cohesion and socio-economic recovery initiatives in Liberia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated assorted medical laboratory equipment and thirty (30) motorbikes to the Government of Liberia.
With funding from the government of Japan and the Peacebuilding Support Office, the donations were made under a ‘Regional Post-Ebola Project which draws on lessons learnt from the outbreak.
It aligns with the government’s national agenda for Transformation and Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP), and seeks to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability including cross-border activities.
Turning over the 30 motorbikes to the Liberia National Police (LNP), at its Headquarters in Monrovia recently, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme, Cleophas Torori said the donation comes as part of the agency’s collaboration with the Ivory Coast on a cross - border project aimed at enhancing security and social cohesion for people living on both sides of the border.
Mr. Torori said the donation is to also serve the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of on-going partnership with the Japanese Government aimed at enhancing their operational capacities of security institutions in securing the borders of River Gee and Maryland Counties.
The thirty motorbikes cost over US$60,000.00 and are to be used by the Liberia National Police, the Liberia Immigration Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue said “the cross - border cooperation between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire can and will be sustained if we receive such gesture from our partners- because without mobility it’s difficult to even patrol the borderline, it’s difficult to even make acquaintances because the border is so porous, you’ll have to walk miles before you get to your counterpart,” he says.
Mr. Sudue expressed appreciation to UNDP and the Peacebuilding Support Office for the kind gesture and the continued partnership which he says, will help sustain the peace and cohesion between Ivory Coast and Liberia.
The assorted medical laboratory equipment was turned over to the National Reference Laboratory of the Liberia of National Public Health Institute (NPHIL).
Speaking on behalf of UNDP Country Director, at a ceremony at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research in Charlesville, Margibi County, UNDP Assistant Country Director and Team Leader of the Sustainable Economic Transformation (SET) Pillar, Dorsla Farcarthy said the project seeks to strengthen the operational capacities of regional institutions, boost early warning responses, mechanisms and policies as well as strengthen economic opportunities and promote local development, social cohesion, dialogue and peacebuilding in cross-border areas.
The gesture forms part of a follow up action plan of the West Africa Health Organization’s (WAHO) component of the regional project which seeks to strengthen the 2016 ECOWAS Regional Laboratories’ Network set up to improve the quality and accessibility of diagnosis, and strengthen the control of epidemic-prone diseases in ECOWAS member countries.
“This West African network of laboratories must rely on efficient and effective national and regional laboratories with adequate technical equipment, as well as qualified and motivated personnel. In effect, this donation will contribute to the overall capacity building for laboratory-based detection and confirmation of public health threats and target the three countries affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD),” Mr. Farcarthy said.
He lauded the government and people of Japan for supporting projects in Liberia and the sub-region, aimed at strengthening local capacities.
“We cherish our long-standing partnership with the government of Japan and people of the Mano River Union (MRU) countries” the UNDP Assistant Country Director said.
The medical laboratory equipment cost over US$16,000.00.
Receiving the equipment, the Director of the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research, Dr. Fatorma Bolay thanked UNDP and the Government and people of Japan for the continued support to the people of Liberia.
Also, Jonathan Anders who spoke on behalf of the National Public Health Institute’s Deputy Director General, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, expressed appreciation to the Government of Japan through UNDP for the donation and promised that it will be used for the purpose intended.
The Regional Post Ebola Project is being implemented under the theme: “Supporting and Strengthening Sub-regional post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa”.
The need to support and equip the Liberia National Public Health Reference Laboratory was recommended following assessment missions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast by WAHO in October 2017.
The regional component of this project saw it fit in the interest of building regional institutions’ operational capacities to enhance disease surveillance, control and effectively and efficiently manage laboratory system, and thus provided the equipment as a pre-requisite for monitoring, early warning and adequate response to public health events.Contact
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