LIBERIA: AfDB Praised For US$56m Doubled Support To Ebola Fight

adb(LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) for contributions it made to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

She noted that amid severe revenue shortfall, the Bank more than doubled its budget support resources to over US$56 million.

According to the Liberian Chief Executive, the bank also provided funding for the Ebola Trust Fund and other projects that provided over US$18 million in direct support to Liberia, as well as prepared regional programs.

According to a dispatch from La Cote d’Ivoire, President Sirleaf recalled the Bank’s support which assisted government to meet unplanned outlays for healthcare workers, funded efforts to halt the epidemic, and then financed the restoration of essential basic services.

It can be recalled that the Ebola disease entered Liberia through the Republic of Guinea in March 2014 and claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 nationals and foreign residents.

The spread of the disease introduced cremation of Liberians for the first time in the history of the country and halted the traditional practice of hand shake.

President Sirleaf added that the African Development Fund has been a relevant, credible and responsive partner.

The ADF, she said, has played a key role in sustaining peace and development not only in Liberia but also across the continent.

She, however, maintained that the road to resilience and sustainable development is “a long and bumpy journey,” adding, “major challenges still lie ahead and we must effectively confront them together.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.