Advancing Partners & Communities Welcomes A Delegation of Ebola Survivors to Washington, D.C.

October 06, 2016
Delegation in front of USAID
The Ebola Survivor Delegation in front of USAID. Left to right: Mr. Daddy Hassan Kamara, Honorable Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Mr. Yusuf Kabba. Photo Credit: Joshua Yospyn
Ebola survivors meeting with USAID
The Ebola Survivor Delegation meets with USAID. Photo Credit: Joshua Yospyn
Ebola survivors share their story
Mr. Daddy Hassan Kamara shares his story. Photo credit: Joshua Yospyn

The Advancing Partners & Communities project welcomed a delegation of Ebola survivors to Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 3, 2016. Led by the Honorable Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone, the delegation will meet with representatives from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), the White House, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Institute of Health, and more to tell their stories and bring awareness to issues in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. 

JSI and Advancing Partners & Communities hosted the delegation along with Ms. Fatmatta Dao, Second Secretary, Embassy of Sierra Leone. The delegation met with key JSI representatives, including Carolyn Hart, Vice President of the International Division and Elizabeth Creel, Advancing Partners & Communities Project Director. During the meeting, the delegation discussed how Advancing Partners & Communities can continue to collaborate with the government of Sierra Leone to monitor the well-being of Ebola survivors, promote continued health systems strengthening, and support health worker training. 

Mr. Yusuf Kabba, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors and Mr. Daddy Hassan Kamara, Ebola Orphans Coordinator and Spokesman of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors shared their stories with JSI employees during an hour-long presentation. During the presentation, Minister Blyden emphasized the need for survivors to make a case for themselves and be their own ambassadors. “We want to sit back and let them speak of their successes and challenges.”  

In addition to sharing their story, the delegation also said that they would like to show their appreciation and gratitude for all of the work done in the fight against Ebola and bring attention to the needs of the thousands of children who have been orphaned by the Ebola epidemic. 

APC has recently launched the Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services Program which will work with ministries of health and nongovernmental organizations in regions of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea that are most affected by the Ebola outbreak.