Donation Request for Ebola Prevention

Donation Request for Ebola Prevention

by Dan Boeger, member, St.Timothy's, Gridley

Deadly Ebola continues to spread in West Africa, with the first cases in Ghana and Sierra Leone identified just this past week. In some cases, patients are dying of shock within just 10 days.

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Gridley has launched a project that will provide one set of plastic aprons, gloves, Clorox and plastic buckets to all the 26 village clinics and to the two hospitals in Bong County, Liberia. The project also prints and sends Ebola prevention posters and training to the Bong County clinics, delivered by teams on motorbikes.

This country has no TV stations and very limited radio stations for health information. In this light, we are asking for very serious help from our friends and love ones to be a part of saving lives in Bong County and across Liberia.

Donations and checks can be made out to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church with “Ebola Prevention” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to:

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Attn: Ebola Prevention
P.O. Box 176
Gridley, CA 95948

Items that are needed and will be purchased with donations include, but are not limited to:

- Transportation to cover travels to 13 districts (vehicle rental, gasoline, motor bikes, etc.)
- Printing of flyers already designed by the Ministry of Health, but need printing for distribution in areas
- PA system (4 pieces for teams to take to various locations)
- Generators (4 pieces)
- Gasoline to support PA System
- Gloves for health workers
- Chlorine/Clorox/bleach for health facilities (to disinfect health center areas)
- Buckets

This plan is to be an intensive, one-month activity across the county, districts, clans, towns, villages, etc.

The poster above and others are developed by WHO Ebola. Cases are sent to four isolation hospitals in Liberia. Isolation hospitals are supported by USAID and the United Nations (UN), but primary caregiver nurses at the hospitals and remote village clinics are asked to receive, diagnose, and isolate infected Liberians until they are transported to the isolation facilities so the nurses without education and protective clothing run a very high risk of contagion. This poster came via the Liberian Board of Nursing And Midwifery (LBNW), requesting reprinting and distribution.

Cecelia Flomo designed and will supervise this project. Cecelia “Cece” is the registrar of nurses in all of Liberia and a member of LBNW. She received her RN after study at Phebe Teaching Hospital, the one attached to The Episcopal Church’s Cuttington University (CU). She has an MD in nursing from a university in Holland, and was trained and certified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when she traveled to Atlanta.

Cece will attend our diocesan convention, staying in Northern California for all of November. This photo (at left) shows Augustus and Cece Flomo, with David Pittman of the Oroville Rotary, who works in partnership with St. Timothy's, Gridley.

Augustus Flomo “Gus” is Cece’s husband. Gus has an MBA from Cuttington University (CU) and was CFO at CU and special assistant to the CU President. He is a professional economic development consultant. Gus also is a graduate of an intern program with the Butte County Economic Development. Gus is running for Senate of Liberia and also will be at our Diocesan Convention.

Mogana Flomo has an MBA and was a professor and chairman of the business school at Cuttington University and is Gus’s father. Mogana is the Executive Director of Liberian Children’s Schooling Project (LCSP). LCSP is an nonprofit government organization started by the Rev. Delia Fay and her family. The Rev. Fay's parents and her brother taught at CU in Gbarnga, Liberia when Delia was 1-2 years old. LCSP is managing not only schooling, but also modern farming and health and sanitation projects that have been funded both by churches in our diocese and also by local Rotary clubs and Rotary International grants. Mogana will be here both for Mary’s and my ordination and for our Diocesan Convention, travel permitting. He is pictured here (at right) with The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Please click here to read an email from Gus to me and to other Liberian supporters, which is the basis of this appeal.

Please click here to read more about the ongoing Ebola prevention work at St. Timothy's, Gridley.


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