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Sierra Leone News: Training on human/animal interactions and disease

Training participants

Training participants

The Conservation Society Sierra Leone with support from Welthungerhilfe ended a four-day training in zoonotic originated health diseases in Sierra Leone for community representatives from Gola Rainforest National Park Rangers and other stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security training hall at Chinese farm along Wahman Abu Road in Kenema.
The Biodiversity Officer for the Conservation Society, Papanie Bai Sesay, said the objective of the training is to develop, share and apply knowledge and understanding on the prevention of zoonotic originated health epidemics in Sierra Leone. These diseases are relevant to broaden the knowledge of rangers, multipliers and community members in relation to wildlife and human interactions and early warning signs.
Abdul Rashid, Program Manager Conservation Society, said zoonotic diseases include Ebola, Lassa Fever, rabies, monkey pox among others and that the training will enhance participants to knowledge of animals, sick animals and how to detect or spot strange behaviors among wildlife. Adding participants learn about strong reporting link between community members, multipliers, rangers and GRNP/District Health Management Team (DHMT). He maintained that participants will commit themselves to follow what they learnt and strengthen relationship between communities and rangers, and that they will be willing to volunteer to take records of dead/sick animals in their communities for early warning systems for reporting.
SM/10/8/17
Friday August 11, 2016.

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