Save the Children Congratulates Liberia for Becoming Ebola-Free
Fairfield, Connecticut (May 9, 2015) — Save the Children congratulates Liberia on becoming Ebola-free today after 42 days of no new cases.
“I want to personally commend President Sirleaf and the people of Liberia for achieving this significant milestone,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children USA. “While the battle against Ebola is not over yet, this breakthrough gives us hope that this is, indeed, a winnable fight.”
According to the World Health Organization, West Africa has reported the lowest weekly total of new cases of Ebola this year. However, it is important not to rest on our laurels until all countries in the region are declared Ebola-free.
“While I am confident that we can get to zero cases next in Guinea and Sierra Leone, we should remember that the hard part is just beginning,” Miles added. “Rebuilding these three countries, which have been decimated by this unprecedented outbreak, will require untold resources. It’s vital we keep the spotlight on West Africa for the foreseeable future.”
Save the Children remains committed to working with the governments of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to restore and improve essential health services, invest in robust health systems and outbreak detection & management, break down stigmas around Ebola survivors and orphans, and make up for lost time in schools.
For more information on Save the Children’s Ebola response, please visit http://www.savethechildren.org/ebola
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