World Bank Official Hails Liberia’s ‘Great Progress’ In Ebola Fight

World Bank Group Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop has observed that Liberia has made “great progress” in its fight against Ebola, expressing “great hope” that all affected countries will get to and maintain zero cases.
 
Diop noted that “even as these countries implement their respective economic recovery plans, the long-term economic and social impacts of such a prolonged and devastating outbreak will undoubtedly put many families and communities at risk”
 
“We and our partners must continue to respond quickly and effectively to support those who need it most,” he noted.
 
A World Bank release issued in Monrovia says as Liberia approaches zero cases, and Sierra Leone sees promising declines in infection rates, it will be important to understand where economic recovery efforts should be targeted, and which people within each country need the most attention both now and once the health crisis has fully abated.
 
According to statistics, in Liberia, the World Bank has worked closely with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) and the Gallup Organization to conduct these mobile-phone surveys.
 
In Liberia, this fifth round of data collection will be the last done by mobile phone.
 
The World Bank is working with LISGIS to return to in-person surveys now that the infection risk is lower. These will allow for an even fuller understanding of what Ebola effects have been in the country, the release noted.
 
“As the countries hardest hit by Ebola look toward economic recovery, data and evidence will be crucial to identifying and reaching those most marginalized by this crisis,” said Ana Revenga, Senior Director of the Poverty Global Practice at the World Bank Group.
 
“We will continue to work with our partners to collect and share this information in a timely manner, in order to support their efforts today and down the road,” Revenga pointed out.

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