Australia Supporting Ghana’s Ebola Preparedness
16 January, Accra – The Australian Government will support Ghana’s Ebola preparedness with a contribution of AUD250,000 – approximately GHS670,000 – to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help raise public awareness of Ebola and promote behaviours that will help mitigate transmission.
“This contribution will help Ghanaian communities understand and adopt practices that will help minimise the risk of Ebola and other communicable diseases,” said Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Joanna Adamson.
“Ghana is a regional hub with many international border crossings. Although there have been no Ebola cases reported in Ghana to date, we are supporting Ghana’s efforts to remain vigilant and be prepared,” said the High Commissioner.
Australia’s contribution will go towards UNICEF’s social mobilisation and risk communication activities, a key element of the Government of Ghana’s Ebola Preparedness Plan.
The funds will be used to print and distribute materials to community leaders and young people; engage with schools to increase understanding and promote key behaviours such as hygiene practices; and broadcast Ebola awareness messages through local radio and television channels, cell phone messaging and other IT platforms. It will also help establish the national hotline on Ebola.
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