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Ebola Survivors Decry Deprivation

…Point Accusing Fingers at PREVAIL

The National Ebola Survivor’s Network of Liberia has announced the halting of all research activities on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Survivors with Liberia.

The National Ebola Survivor’s Network said its decision is triggered by what it calls PREVAIL’s “insensitivity and nonresponse to many concerns raised up to present, from several meeting between the two entities.

In a Press statement issued by the group’s President, Amadu Konneh on Saturday, April 5, 2019 in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, they outlined eight counts against PREVAIL, ranging from the lack of interest and refusal of PREVAIL to enter into a partnership agreement with the National Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia.

The group further indicated: “Making research on cremated remains of Ebola victims without the consent of the surviving relatives and family members of said deceased persons, nondisclosure to Survivors on where specimens taken for research are kept or transferred or disposed of after the conduct of said exercises are many of the burning issues that led to our action ”

The Network also pointed out that there are no direct or indirect benefits for Survivors in term of empowerment in the form of scholarship in compensation of the periodic researches conducted and no clinical cares.

The National Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia at the same time complained of insults and violation of Survivors’ right by the head of the Liberia Crusader for Peace (LCP) Madam Julie Endee, the drastic cut of monthly incentives from US$200.00 to US$140.00, along with the down staffing of some other Survivors from the LCP for Peace project without justifiable reasons.

In Conclusion, the network’s members said their action is effectively immediate and any action by PREVAIL to act on the contrary by inducing any survivor or Survivors due to destitution, will leave the National Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia with no other alternative, but to seek the appropriate legal redress.

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