Clinton Global Initiative Donates 5.9 Million Worth of Emergency Medical Aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone
(MONROVIA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014): The Clinton Global Initiative has donated 100 tons of emergency medical aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone at a value of 5.9 million United States Dollars. The total cargo of 370 pallets will be distributed among the Ministries of Health, National Drug Services, and partner organizations in both countries as well as to the US Centers for Disease Control offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission in New York, the items in the Clinton Global Initiative’s donation include 2.8 million surgical and exam gloves, 170,000 coverall gowns, 120,000 masks, 40,000 liters of pre-mixed oral rehydration solution and 9.8 million defined daily doses of essential medications (generic). The quantities of personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, masks) included on the flight are sufficient to supply 280 health workers for one year, based on the current requirements and utilization estimates developed in Liberia. Full story...
Response to Rethinking the Healthcare Delivery System by Nathan A. Krakue
The outbreak of the Ebola epidemic has, without a doubt, placed additional, unintended stress on the already weak Liberia's healthcare system, but this in no way means because the sector was neglected. By being weak doesn't mean the system wasn't on sound footing. Only that the sector had not matured to where metrics are comparable to countries with advance healthcare systems. The Ebola epidemic has the potential to further delay this from happening.
In countries with advanced health systems, government participation is low and the bulk of the system is run by private entities. This is even true in countries with national healthcare, like Canada and UK, where the government provides health insurance, but the actual patient care is done mostly by private entities. This is in utter contrast to Liberia where the bulk of the providers - hospitals, doctors, nurses, technicians and others - are all government sponsored. Full article...
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We have pondered long and hard about whether or not to respond to the article posted on the Front Page Africa (FPA) online news website on September 3, 2014 under the caption “EBOLA SCANDAL: 100K DISBURSED, WORKERS REJECT PITTANCE”. Full Open Letter...
LIBERIA: Sanitation, Water and Hygiene Hampers Fight Against Ebola
Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
on the Update of the Ebola Crisis
September 17, 2014
Top American Anthropologist, Epidemiologist and Physician, Paul Farmer in Liberia; Hold Talks on the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease
U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa
For Failure to Return Home, President Sirleaf Dismisses Ten; Others Forfeit Compensation and Benefits; Suspends Three on the Job for One Month for Failure to Declare Income, Assets, and Liabilities
- Rethinking the Healthcare Delivery System
ArcelorMittal Liberia turns over 60-Bed Ebola holding unit to Nimba County
Yekepa, September 16, 2014 - On Monday, September 15, the management of ArcelorMittal handed over a 60-bed Ebola Unit to the Nimba County Health Team. The first in the County, this unit will serve as both an isolation unit and an Ebola Treatment Center.
The decision to renovate the former eye clinic at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH) for the purpose of an Ebola holding center was presented as a request to the ArcelorMittal Liberia management. The Company consented, and has since been working on renovating and refurbishing the unit. In addition to the renovation, the company has provided buckets, mattresses and chlorine to be used in the unit. Full story...
Fula Community Presents Three Pickups to the Ebola Fight;
President Sirleaf Tours Healthcare Facilities in Bong County
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Monday, September 15, 2014) More donations continue to come in support of Government’s fight against the Ebola virus disease, the latest coming from the Fula Community in Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the donation worth almost US$150,000 includes three Nissan pickup trucks, assorted food items and mineral water.
Presenting the donation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, September 15, Fula Governor Alhaji Gaye said the fight against the Ebola virus should be everyone’s business and the donation was a demonstration of this fight.
Governor Alhaji Gaye said they saw it as a compelling need to donate to the fight as the Ebola virus disease knows no special person and noted that together both Liberians and its foreign partners will overcome the disease.
On behalf of the Fula Community in Liberia, Governor Gaye renewed their commitment to cooperating with the Liberian Government in the fight against the Ebola outbreak and all the economic problems associated with it.
He assured President Sirleaf that the Fula Community, most of whom are doing business in the country, will adhere to all government regulations including maintaining stable prices for goods and services and joining the anti-Ebola activities. Full story...