Liberia

Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
Apr 06, 2020
Global Communities took a comprehensive approach to Ebola programming by coupling infrastructure development, community mobilization and behavior change communications to improve sanitation and hygiene practices. Global Communities’ close relationship with Community Health Workers, Environmental Health Technicians, USAID, and the communities we work with allowed us to quickly respond and refocus USAID-funded WASH activities in March 2014. Our IWASH program began to use its network of communities and their Natural Leaders to mount effective public awareness campaigns about the virus, complemented by the delivery of PPE, soap and disinfectants to clinics and hospitals, and to train clinic staff and environmental health technicians to prevent transmission. After the initial outbreak, GC’s... Read more
Apr 03, 2020
Global Communities, as a partner to IRC, implemented the $6.5 million USAID-funded program Partnership for Advancing Community-based Services (PACS) program from 2015-2019 with the goal of improved health-seeking behavior and practices and improved access to safe WASH services. GC was responsible for organizing community engagement meetings to help communities move up the sanitation ladder, encouraging local governments to enforce sanitation laws at the community level, and providing financial and technical support and supervision for the construction of hand-dug wells. In total, PACS facilitated CLTS activities in 1,490 non-open defecation free (ODF) communities in Bong, Lofa, and Nimba counties, resulting in 1,225 new ODF-verified communities, and ODF certification of 953 communities in... Read more
Jun 26, 2018
Collaborating, Learning & Adapting Case Analysis: Deep Dive Global Communities’ Ebola Response in Liberia
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Read the summary. From 2014–2015, Ebola devastated communities in Liberia, overwhelming their fragile health care systems with at least 10,675 cases and 4,809 disease-related deaths (CDC, 2016). Global Communities, working with hundreds of communities in Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties on a USAID-funded program to improve water, sanitation and... Read more
Jun 25, 2018
How Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Led to More Effective Prevention During Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak By Ilana Shapiro and Kristin Lindell  |  This article originally appeared on USAID Learning Lab “Why do you only come when someone has died? Why do you not come to help when someone is sick?” This question posed by rural Liberians during the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis revealed broken trust among local communities, the national government and international aid workers, and underscored the tension between local customs and national and international responses to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. For Global Communities,... Read more
Oct 16, 2017
Quiet Heroes in the Fight against Ebola
WASH entrepreneurs provided a vital service during the peak of the Ebola crisis, fixing hand pumps and restoring water systems so clinics and communities could continue safe hygiene practices. While the Ebola crisis was at its peak, a small group of WASH entrepreneurs helped in a significant way by repairing hand pumps in clinics and other health facilities in some of the country’s hardest-hit counties. By restoring access to water — not only for drinking, but also for infection prevention and control — these WASH entrepreneurs ensured that facilities had the resources they needed to promote hand washing and safe hygiene practices that could help combat the spread of the disease. Liberia’s Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties were some of the areas... Read more
Oct 05, 2017
Fact Sheet: WASH in Emergencies Water is essential for a range of day-to-day human needs, including consumption, hygiene and irrigation. In developing countries where clean water may already be scarce, conflicts or natural disasters can devastate water and sanitation infrastructure, and reduce people’s abilities to access this key resource. As a result, contaminated water and poor quality sanitation services can increase the prevalence of diseases and deteriorate hygiene and productivity. Global Communities’ humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs are designed to provide immediate access to clean water and sanitation facilities, while improving hygiene practices and laying the... Read more
Sep 01, 2017
WASH Entrepreneur Economic Empowerment (WE3) The WE3 project builds on Global Communities’ success training water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Entrepreneurs. While the Ebola crisis was at its peak, a small group of Global Communities’ trained WASH entrepreneurs helped in a significant way by repairing hand pumps in clinics and other health facilities in some of the country’s hardest-hit counties. By restoring access to water – not only for drinking, but also for infection prevention and control – these WASH Entrepreneurs ensured that facilities had the resources they needed to promote hand washing and safe hygiene practices that could help combat the spread of the disease. The entrepreneurs proved they were more cost-effective and able to more quickly access these... Read more
Aug 31, 2017
Improving Community Sanitation and Preventing the Spread of Ebola in Liberia Report highlights the link between improved sanitation practices and the spread of Ebola Read the full report online  |  Download the full pdf report An assessment demonstrating the correlation between Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Ebola prevention in Liberia was published in the Journal of Health Communications at the George Washington School of Public Health—... Read more
Aug 01, 2017
Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA): An Analysis of What CLA Looks Like in Development  Programming About the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Framework While the practices of collaborating, learning, and adapting have long been valued by USAID and international development partners, they often do not happen regularly or systematically and are not intentionally resourced. To address this, USAID’. Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and its support mechanism, The Learning and Knowledge Management mechanism (LEARN), developed a... Read more
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