American Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says the United States and other partners are willing help prepare Liberia to meet natural disaster or pandemic emergencies.
She said the U.S. and other countries as well as international organizations will help Liberia in disaster management from the initial phase of emergency planning to the post-operation phase, adding, “It is a shared priority for us all.”
According to the Liberia News Agency, Ambasador Malac made the statement Tuesday at the opening of the Government’s High Level of Disaster Response Meeting held at a local hotel and organized by the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) supported by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM)
The American envoy said there was a need for nations to be prepared to meet natural disasters and pandemic threats before they arise.
She further said that it is important for civilian and military leaders of any country to work together along with international organizations and members of civil society to mitigate disasters and to help the country recover from any crisis.
The U.S envoy stressed that the innovative collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and AFRICOM helped lay the foundation for the disaster response meeting.
She said Liberia participated in several Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness tabletop exercises, which were held in Ghana in 2012, Nigeria and Togo in 2013 and in a 15-country Regional National pandemic response validation conference held in Ghana in 2012.
Meanwhile, the US Envoy has said that during over four years of this program, the United States has contributed half a million dollars to support this significant undertaking and to help organize Tuesday’s event.
Ambassador Malac said she looked forward to continued strong cooperation and collaboration with the Liberian Government as well as other inter-agency and multilateral partners, as they help Liberia continue to develop its disaster response capacity.