Paynesville’s resilience journey

Paynesville, a growing suburban city east of the Liberian capital of Monrovia, faces a host of public health challenges caused by its difficulties with water management. Poor sewage and drainage systems, coupled with heavy rainfall, result in the contamination of clean water and create breeding grounds for mosquitoes infected with malaria. The city is working with the national government to better map existing water access, to ensure that each community is connected to the main water system.

Paynesville is also vulnerable to the outbreak of disease, as demonstrated by the city’s experience with the Ebola Virus Disease in 2014. During the crises, Paynesville worked quickly with international organizations to provide education and hygiene supplies to affected communities. Despite fiscal limitations, the city has also constructed several modern latrines, permanent hand-washing stations, and other public health services in an attempt to increase its resilience to future public health challenges.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Bindu Brewer

Chief Resilience Officer

Bindu Brewer, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Paynesville, has worked in Liberian government since the country’s political transition in 2006. She most recently served as Chief of Staff for the Senator for Margibi County, advising the Senator on all community and development matters in addition to staff and office management responsibilities. Her work to initiate a geo-mapping project during this time will have long-term impact on the development plans for Kakata City, capitol of Margibi County.

Previously, Bindu focused on urban planning and development at the Ministry of Public Works, serving successively as Director of Zoning, Assistant Minister for Planning and Programming, and finally ending her tenure as Urban Specialist. She has extensive experience in real estate and urban planning consulting.

Bindu holds a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University.

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