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Ebola-Free Communities in the Hardest Hit Areas of Liberia

284 Ebola-Free Communities
At the height of the Ebola crisis, there were 284 communities in some of Liberia’s hardest-hit counties with a shockingly low Ebola statistic: zero.

Differentiating these communities from those in the rest of the country was the presence of USAID and Global Communities’ Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) program and the open defecation-free (ODF) status of the communities. IWASH staff are testing the premise that our methodology of developing a network of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) “Natural Leaders” through IWASH to work closely with the government’s County Health Teams played a critical role in preventing the outbreak in these communities.

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