The news that Chinese billionaire and co-founder of the tech firm Alibaba, Jack Ma, will donate mass consignments of face masks, testing kits and protective suits to countries in Africa, is being received in Liberia with much excitement. Ma’s donation to the continent is intended to aid its fight against the novel coronavirus now ravaging much of Asia, Europe, and America.
Stakeholders working to end mental health stigma in Liberia have returned to the country after participating in a knowledge-sharing conference to intensify the efforts.
Following President George Weah’s announcement of the country’s first Coronavirus case on Monday, March 16, Liberia’s Information Ministry has announced the closure of all schools in the country.
As the World Health Organization declared the deadly Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, it is becoming clear that diaspora events will be impacted. While the Liberian Studies Association announced it is postponing its 2020 conference, the Liberian Entertainment Awards issued a notice committing to holding its annual awards show.
Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, speaking in an exclusive interview with The Bush Chicken about the preparedness of the country in the wake of the spread of the virus, said the government has tightened its surveillance and testing.
Anna Doe Smallwood, director of the Deanna Kay Isaacson School of Midwifery in southeastern Liberia, has applauded the UNFPA for aiding the school during a period of extreme difficulties.
Another Liberian has successfully completed studies in the area of maritime education and training, graduating with a Master’s degree. Miatta Sonie Sherif recently graduated from the World Maritime University in Sweden in late 2019.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program has begun its mental health clinician training program for 20 health workers, in partnership with the Deanna Kay Isaacson School of Midwifery.