The Ebola epidemic in Africa has been a constant in the news as of late. In some countries, it has devastated their nation and has garnered attention worldwide due to fear of this disease spreading and then outbreaking in other countries outside of the continent of Africa. Countries in Africa have been struggling to keep up with the spread of the virus, one of which is Liberia.
With just under 3,000 confirmed, likely and suspected fatalities due to Ebola, dating since the start of the outbreak, Liberia remains the country with the most Ebola deaths, according to recent updates in the World Health Organization’s data. However, they have not given up hope. Recently, the government has set a goal- and a lofty one- that the nation have no new cases of Ebola by December 25, 2014. The President herself admits that achieving said goal will require a great deal of effort. “We’ve set a pretty tough target,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf admits. “But when you set a target it means that you stay focused on that target and on that goal and then you double your efforts.”
Fortunately, there has been a recent decline in the number of new cases in Liberia as of late. So many, in fact, that the United States has thus reduced the number of treatment facilities it is building, and has decided to decrease the size of said facilities. While all of this is encouraging, Officials have been clear about the fact that the nation should by no means decrease their efforts in treatment/prevention at this time, as there is still a long way to go.
Liberia recently received donations from 9 European countries to back their efforts. These donations included 160 vehicles, 80 containers and 1,200 tons of supplies for humanitarian agencies. The Liberian President thanked the E.U. not only for their contributions to Liberia’s efforts, but also to those of Guinea and Sierra Leone. To read more about the efforts of Ebola prevention in Liberia and other west African countries that have been affected, check out this page.