The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Liberia Tuesday as part of a tour of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
According to a press release from the U.S Embassy, Ambassador Power’s visit to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia further demonstrates U.S. support to combat the spread of the disease and to draw attention to the need for increased support from the international community.
While in Liberia, Ambassador Power will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other high-ranking Liberian government officials, the release disclosed.
It added that Power will also discuss with the USAID-led Disaster Assistance Response Team which is overseeing the U.S overall response to the health emergency about international efforts to combat the virus.
At the same time, the U.S envoy is also expected to meet with representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the U N Mission in Liberia about how to eradicate the virus from the three countries.
Monrovia is the last stop on Power’s visit to the countries of West Africa hardest hit by the Ebola virus.
On Sunday and Monday, she visited Guinea and Sierra Leone, where she met with government leaders and NGOs involved in the anti-Ebola fight.
While in Guinea, she noted that the response by the international community to the epidemic needs to be raised to a “wholly different scale,” the release noted.
From Liberia, she will travel to Ghana to meet with government and UN officials at UNMEER headquarters and will later travel to Brussels to meet with European Union and Belgian officials about international efforts to combat the virus.
Later, she will deliver remarks at the German Marshall Fund about her visit to the Ebola-affected region, and the need for a robust coordinated response, the release said.