President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become the second winner of the prestigious Global Champion Award for her courage, leadership, integrity and wisdom in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
President Sirleaf is second to former U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who bagged the award for the first time in 2013.
According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian President was conferred the award by the medical organization, International Medical Corps, an INGO involved in the provision of comprehensive care and resources to people diagnosed of Ebola in Bong and Margibi Counties in Liberia.
Receiving the award, President Sirleaf paid tribute to the communities for showing leadership and taking ownership by demonstrating the zeal to serve as first responders in the midst of the epidemic.
She acknowledged the communities’ role in taking charge and, as such, deserve all the credit, noting the sacrifices made by nurses, doctors and the hard working team of the Incident Management System.
The Liberian leader, however, indicated that in spite of the progress, her administration was committed to vigorous surveillance geared towards protecting its borders as well as taking action to increase the pace of combating malaria and cholera.
Speaking earlier, IMC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rebecca Milner described President Sirleaf as a remarkable and extraordinary leader who successfully led her country during its most turbulent moment.
She said her organization has great interest in the government’s priority of training and rebuilding a resilient health system.