May 17, 2022

On 18 March, (right) UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits Ansu Anderson Turay and his 6-year old son, Abraham Anderson (seated between them), in the community of Barrack where they live, in Jene Wonde Township in Grand Cape Mount County. Mr. Turay has received a government cash transfer for children orphaned by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. He and Abraham are the only remaining members of their family. Mr. Turay’s wife (Bendu Massalee Turay), his two step-daughters and his infant son, as well as his wife’s parents, brother and sister-in-law all died from EVD. UNICEF is supporting social worker outreach activities to identify and register orphans, and is providing families caring for orphaned children with funding and supplies, and providing psychosocial support for children and families affected by EVD. Mr. Turay is a football player for the Grand Cape Mount County team and also volunteers as an evening security guard at Jene Wonde Clinic, where he hopes to get a full-time job. He has used the funds – which were provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from UNICEF – to enrol Abraham in school. Between September and November 2014, 40 people in the township died from Ebola virus disease. As part of a rapid response to the sudden increase in the number of cases in that short time, UNICEF supported the set up of a community care centre to provide safe isolation and basic care for people suspected of having EVD who were awaiting the result of their diagnostic tests and – if the test result is positive – transfer to Ebola treatment centres. UNICEF has provided all WASH components, tents and fencing at the community care centre and has constructed a borehole providing water for the facility and general community, including the township’s school – which Abraham attends; and also supported a social mobilization campaign to raise awareness and provide residents in Jene Wonde and adjoining townships with informatio

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