Responding to the Ebola Crisis

Assisting Liberians with Education to Reduce Transmission (ALERT) provided intensive and rapid outreach to communities at risk of exposure to the Ebola virus by capitalizing on existing, and long-standing relationships, resources, networks, and trust built with rural communities in Lofa, Nimba, and Bong counties and delivered effective, accurate, and timely information to educate individuals, households and community leadership in safe and hygienic methods to reduce the risk of exposure to and contraction of Ebola. Working with OFDA, International Rescue Committee, Liberian Red Cross and other partners in Liberia, Global Communities provided burial team support in all 15 counties of Liberia and helped to establish a safe burial site for Ebola victims. To prevent the spread of future outbreak, Global Communities is working with residents in rural border communities to create and maintain border surveillance checkpoints.

Since the recent outbreak of Ebola, border surveillance efforts have been driven by emergency response with Global Communities supporting the Ministry of Health to implement measures to improve disease surveillance at the community level. Under the Community Event-Based Surveillance (CEBS) program, Global Communities is coordinating with the CDC, WHO, and the Border Coordination Group to transition all stakeholders to a long-term, sustainable surveillance system. Additionally, with funding from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Global Communities is supporting Liberia’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks under the Epidemic Preparedness and Response (EPR) program by fulfilling two key roles: County Coordination Lead (CCL) in Lofa County and National Dead Body Management technical Lead (NDBML).

Learn more about Global Communities Ebola response.

Please read our publication, Stopping Ebola in its Tracks: a Community-Led Response, that describes the process of adaptation, collaboration and partnership which helped the Ebola response to be successful, detailing the challenges along the way that led to further adaptation.

Improving Water, Sanitation and Other Community-based Services

Global Communities is implementing the 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.

In partnership with ExxonMobil and NOCAL, Global Communities is helping communities in Bong County to improve water and sanitation services. Under the WASH Entrepreneur Economic Empowerment (WE3) program, Global Communities is recruiting and training WASH entrepreneurs to be leaders in community sanitation promotion and the repair of sanitation equipment.

Under the Participatory Access to Transport for Health (PATH) program, funded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Global Communities is helping rural communities in Nimba County gain better access to larger markets and health facilities and services by upgrading footpaths to pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle-friendly tracks.


Improving Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene

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.

Empowering and Training Women Entrepreneurs

Global Communities, under the Goldman Sachs Women’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Certificate Program, provided women entrepreneurs with business training, certification and education to help them improve and expand their business operations. The program also helped women business owners gain access to credit and build support networks with other business owners.

Engaging Urban Youth

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.