PARTNERS WITH THE MALARIA FOUNDATION
2007 Album of Cultural Driven Malaria Program in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia
“Ribboned” Malaria Ambassadors in Liberia
Methodist Junior High School Student Gargar Kollie ribboned as Malaria Ambassador
Student Susan Togba, from Haywood Mission School, ribboned as malaria Ambassador. She would like to become a nurse to help treat malaria patients in Liberia
Mr. Augustus Menninger ribboned as malaria Ambassador. He is LIHEDE's Regional Director
Group picture of ribboned malaria ambassadors
Rev. Tamba Goweh ribboned malaria ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned the mayor of Gbanga City, Liberia as Malaria Ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned paramount Gbamkollie Yaka of Bong County, Liberia as Malaria Ambassador
Students lined-up to ribbon by Dr. Emmett Dennis (L)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Bong County Superintendent (County Executive) as Malaria Ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Firestone Rubber Corporation Public Relations Director Rufus Karmorh as Malaria Ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned LIHEDE-Executive Director Dr. Syrulwa Somah as Malaria Ambassador
Students are Lott Carey listen malaria message
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Rev. Dr. Gregory Headen, Genesis Baptist Church as Malaria Ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Clan Chief Morluba Dogba as Malaria Ambassador
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Mrs. Headen as Madame Malaria Ambassador while MC and National Malaria Program Deputy Director Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah looks over the program items.
Rev. Dr. Gregory & Mrs. Headen, (L, C) Genesis Baptist Church are traditionally gowned during their visit to Liberia during the Cultural Driven Malaria program
St. France High Band Demonstrates their Talent during the Cultural Driven Malaria program, Gbarnga, Bong County
Dr. Emmett Dennis (R)-LIHEDE Director of Health and Social Welfare ribboned Dr. Horlin Carter as Ambassador while MC and National Malaria Program Deputy Director Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah already ribboned looks over the program items.
MFI’s END MALARIA - BLUE RIBBON DONATION TO LIHEDE 2006 CULTURAL DRIVEN MALARIA PROGRAM
STRENGTHENS MALARIA MESSAGE IN LIBERIA
LIHEDE’s Cultural Driven Malaria Program has gotten a major boast with the donation of End Malaria - Blue Ribbons by Malaria Foundation International (MFI).
In praising donation of the ribbons, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Deputy Director, National Malaria Control Program, Republic of Liberia said, “The Blue and White letter ribbons send a very powerful message. It makes people asked questions. The more people ask questions, the more people want to wear the ribbons and get involved to send a collective message about malaria control in Liberia.”
Liberia is struggling in the aftermath of the war, which caused destruction or severe damage to more than 75 percent of the educational infrastructure of the country. Some school buildings were used as military warehouses and war rooms. The poor access and quality of education is reflected in the illiteracy rate in Liberia, which is estimated by the UN Development Programme in 2006 to be between 70 and 80 percent.
Therefore, the MFI’s End Malaria Now ribbon donation comes handy in enhancing the efforts to disseminate the malaria control message. The End Malaria Now ribbons do tells a story, add clarification to or provide evidence in support of LIHEDE’s malaria cause. They also simply give non-English speakers the opportunity to cultivate their own ideas or perceptions about malaria control in Liberia. Community leaders, government officials, and traditional chiefs wearing the ribbons portray a powerful message and rally the people of Liberia to take ownership of malaria.
Since 2003, LIHEDE has effortlessly being combating malaria in Liberia where the disease is the leading cause of death. LIHEDE launch a Cultural Driven Malaria Program in 2006. Sports (soccer) and local cultural practices are being used as vehicle to promote malaria awareness, treatment and control in Liberia among its rural population. Hundred percent of the population are exposed to malaria with a death rate of 21, 500 annually. The first phase of the Cultural Driven Malaria Program was held in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, and Bong counties. A third phase is slated for the counties of Lofa, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh in 2008.
The awareness program organized by LIHEDE in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and sponsored by MFI was held on December 15-16, 2007 in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia.
The event was graced by prominent Liberians and friends of Liberia, including Hon. Ranney Jackson Superintendent, Bong County; Madame Esther Warbey, Mayor of Gbarnga City the Rev. Dr.. Gregory Headen, Greensboro Baptist Church, USA; and Dr. Horlin Cater, NC A&T State University. Others who attended the program included soccer teams, community leaders, civic organizations; students of Methodist High School and members of the Open Bible Church of Bong County.
Mr. Sam Togba Sleiwon
Director of Publication and Media Relations-LIHEDE
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Syrulwa Somah
Liberian History, Education & Development, Inc.
2285 Rothwood Acres Drive
Greensboro, NC 27406