Ahmadiyya Times: Philanthropic institutions, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ahmadiyya Muslim of UK, amongst others, that have also contributed
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Source/Credit: Liberian Observer
By Liberian Observer | October 21, 2014
Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has provided an update on financial and material assistance provided thus far by friendly Governments and humanitarian partners across the globe towards Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus.
Responding to a request from members of the House of Representatives to provide them an update on the number of donations coming to Liberia relative to the fight against Ebola, Minister Ngafuan told the body that as a result of frantic international engagements, the Liberian Government, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has attracted tremendous global assistance in the country’s bid to fight the virus.
A Foreign Ministry release says Mr. Ngafuan highlighted the President’s personal efforts, including written letters to significant members of the international community, among them the Joint Communication she and her Sierra Leonean and Guinean counterparts (Presidents Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Condo) wrote to the United Nations Secretary General, and personal letters she wrote to world leaders including United States President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as direct phone calls to other world leaders and partners.
As a result, Liberia has seen direct assistance from the UN including its newly established special mission named the United Nations Mission for Emergency on Ebola Response (UNMEER), the arrival of over 3,000 US military personnel currently involved in the construction of additional Ebola Treatment Units (ETU’s) across the country, the direct involvement of the US-based Center For Disease Control (CDC), among others.
Commenting on the direct assistance attracted through the Foreign Ministry, the country’s chief diplomat informed members of the 53rd Lower House that the Ministry had been engaging its Embassies and Missions, friendly Governments across the world as a way of buttressing efforts of the Presidency in mobilizing international support to help battle against Ebola.
Addressing the lawmakers on Thursday, October 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill, Minister Ngafuan indicated that the efforts of the Presidency and the Foreign Ministry and other sector ministries and agencies have translated into huge support coming in to help deal with the Ebola outbreak.
Minister Ngafuan enumerated regional contributions in the fight against Ebola. He acknowledged the contributions of Europe through European Union and member states, Asian countries, the Americas and the African countries and African Union.