An intensive twelve months training for 50 community dwellers of three densely populated commercial districts on the outskirt of Monrovia yesterday started at Upper Caldwell on the deadly implications of the HIV-Aids disease.
The 50 community participants were chosen and selected by the community based organization, Community Based Education Center (COBEC), head offices situated at Upper Caldwell, outside the nation's capital Monrovia.
According to the Project Officer of COBEC, Mr. Dahg Gaye the selected communities are Caldwell, Logan Town, Duala and Diggsville, all located in deprived, hard to reach and isolated communities of Monrovia.
The 12 months HIV-Aids and other related diseases training is being conducted at the official headquarters of the township Commissioner of Caldwell.
The paramedic and peer education workshop is being facilitated and sponsored by Community Based Education Center (COBEC), National Aids Control Program (NACP) and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MHSW), Mr. Gaye asserted.
He also intimated that, the chief sponsors of the COBEC community based HIV-Aids and other related initiatives are the Global Fund for HIV-Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), NACP and MHSW since its awareness and sensitization activities.
On how the community dwellers were recruited and selected for the 12 months training, sensitization and awareness, Mr. Gaye pointed out that those Liberians are permanent residents of the selected communities.
“Besides that, those in the three communities have over the years demonstrated some genuine commitment and dedication to the many successes of COBEC medical and sensitization projects in the area,” Mr. Gaye asserted.
“Right now at this workshop,” Mr. Gaye explained, “COBEC has involved the community dwellers, because they the partners that will implement work at the grass-root level.”
Commenting on the current issue of the skeleton staff at COBEC, Mr. Gaye noted that, owing to the slow receipt of funds, there is slow pace some activities in the overall program.
He further underscored the need for the urgent provision of the needed funds for the overall enhancement and implementation of the various projects earmarked by COBEC in Monrovia and its environs.
“The current training workshop on HIV-Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases is indeed COBEC way of helping to combat the spread of the deadly diseases of Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV-Aids in the targeted communities of Monrovia,” Mr. Gaye emphasized.
The COBEC project officer also extended his entity's gratitude and appreciation to the Global Fund group, MHSW, NACP and other partners for their continuous assistance over the years.
The COBEC official, however, sounded an earnest appeal to the donor institutions at home and abroad for the urgent provision of funds, logistics and communication equipment in a bid to ensure the realistic delivery services to all Liberians.
In closing, he admonished the fifty plus participants to consider the courses and presentations at the workshop as crucial to their success in the implementation process in their communities in Monrovia.
The HIV-Aids and other related deadly diseases' workshop will run from December 8 to 10, 2010 for the 50 selected participants from the communities of Diggsville, Duala, Caldwell and Logan Town.