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New York 10th July 2015, Donor countries and development partners have pledged to remain engaged with the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in ending the deadly Ebola outbreak as well as assist the Mano River Union countries recover.
The commitments were made on Friday during the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Ebola Recovery. The global community promised to work with the three countries in upgrading their health services and infrastructure, and to enable the countries’ transition from treatment to prevention while ensuring they keep pace with their various development initiatives.
In his capacity as Chair of the African Union, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, while underscoring the significance of the conference and the commitment of the African Union to continue its support to the West African countries, urged the international community to work together to strengthen the preparedness against epidemic of this kind, emphasizing that inclusive and collective response was needed to build the heath care system of the affected countries. He called for a strong sustainable regional and international response.
“The African Union is gratified by the scale and the magnitude of global support. But we cannot afford to be complacent. We must comprehensively address the underlying issues as they exist and assist the countries position for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, he said.
For their part, Presidents Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone endorsed and expressed support for the statement delivered on their behalf by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who catalogued the challenges being faced by the governments and peoples of the three countries.