With funding from USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Global Communities is implementing the Assisting Liberians with Education to Reduce Transmission (ALERT) program to provide intensive and urgent outreach in Lofa, Nimba, and Bong counties. Capitalizing on existing community trust, longstanding relationships, resources and networks, ALERT engaged with as many communities as possible to quickly share information on proper hygiene practices and preventing transmission. Working with OFDA, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Liberian Red Cross and other partners in Liberia, Global Communities provided burial team support in all 15 counties of Liberia. This support included organizing burial teams within each county and providing training to ensure safe management of corpses, equipping teams with vehicles for the transfer of corpses, providing decontamination materials and personal protective gear, as well as providing compensation. Global Communities also helped to establish and continues to help manage a safe burial site for Ebola victims that ensures that bodies are being buried safely and respectfully. To prevent the spread of future outbreak, Global Communities is working with residents in rural border communities to create and maintain border surveillance checkpoints.
Global Communities is implementing the five- year Partnership for Advancing Community-based Service (PACS) project in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties with funding from USAID. The project builds on Global Communities' experience in Liberia implementing the successful USAID-funded IWASH program, which helped create healthier communities through sanitation training and access to latrines. The PACS project aims to support sustainable country ownership of community-based health, social welfare, and WASH services. Working with partners, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Population Services International (PSI), the project is helping to broaden the capacity of the Ministry of Health by working with its community health teams and community organizations to implement and manage community services, increase availability of community-based health and social welfare services, improve health-seeking behaviors and practices among communities.
Through the USAID-funded IWASH program, Global Communities helped residents in six counties in Liberia and targeted neighborhoods in Monrovia to improve their overall health through better water supply systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Through the project, Global Communities worked with community members, local partners and municipal governments to develop sustainable, market-driven solutions to meet communities' water and sanitation needs. At the same time, the project promoted education and learning among individuals and communities about sanitary practices and water hygiene. Global Communities is also provided technical support to the Monrovia City Corporation to improve sanitation services in the capital. Through this partnership, Global Communities provided capacity building and training to local enterprises to help them become successful businesses providing waste collection services to households and small establishments.
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative methodology for mobilizing communities to eliminate open defecation, was implemented under the IWASH program. Global Communities worked to develop and adapt the program in Africa and is worked with communities in Liberia to ensure it reached the people who need it most. CLTS was used by Global Communities in Liberia to trigger 351 communities in three counties, 284 of which are now open defecation free. Read more about Global Communities' work with Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) here.
In conjunction with ongoing efforts to improve the sanitation situation in urban communities, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement in Service Delivery (YES) program. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the YES program helped to build the capacity of local youth organizations and trained youth for employment in the solid waste sector. The program also focused on building the capacity and life skills of youth with training in savings and financial literacy, basic business and employability skills. At the same time, with support from the World Bank, Global Communities developed interventions to help vulnerable, urban youth. These interventions were designed to help prevent urban youth, including ex-combatants, from engaging in violence, crime and substance abuse by promoting viable economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods.