IRC in the News
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not over, but it appears to be winding down. Liberia announced today the discharge of its last Ebola patient. No new infections were reported in the past week, signaling the end of the outbreak is near for the country.
If you were to ask me what my lasting impression was of the people I met in Sierra Leone and Liberia, where I have just spent two weeks meeting with colleagues who have been leading the fight to combat the spread of Ebola it would be this: Courage.
The three African countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic today (3 March) urged the international community to sustain its support for their countries in the long term in order to help their economies and societies recover from the disease.
David Miliband, the older brother of Labour leader Ed Miliband, resigned from Parliament in April 2013 to take his post as head of the IRC in New York. The organisation is a global humanitarian and development NGO, founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. It is currently working in over 40 countries.
The Ebola epidemic has been beaten back by local community education, mobilization and organization led by trusted figures in the diverse communities in West Africa, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a speech on Wednesday (3 March).
When Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prioritized West Africa’s long-term post-Ebola needs at a high-level meeting convened by the European Union, health care unexpectedly took a back seat. “The most important long-term response to Ebola,” Sirleaf told the meeting’s 800 delegates, “rests in plans and strategies for economic recovery.”
Regional and world leaders have called on the international community to scale up their efforts to rebuild the nations devastated by Ebola amid fears the death toll from the outbreak could be even higher than previously thought.