United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says more than 10,000 Ebola survivors in West Africa need comprehensive support for their health and well-being.
He wants the United Nations to “ensure care for the survivors, for widows, orphans and other vulnerable populations.”
Making the call at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday, Ban also called on responders to recognize the courageous health workers, burial teams and others by countering the distress, mistrust and stigma caused by the virus.
He urged national and international donors to maintain their vigilance, commitment and solidarity for the people of West Africa, as the region is on the cusp of being declared Ebola free. He called on them to remain fully engaged.
He noted that as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia observe 90 days of heightened vigilance to break the chains of transmission in West Africa, their respective governments will need resources to help them prevent infection, detect potential cases and to respond rapidly and effectively and, as such, partners must make good on their promise.
Ban indicated that though the world anticipates future flare-ups of Ebola in the coming years, Liberia’s experience in combating two flare-ups has shown the resilience and capacity of the affected countries to reactivate emergency response mechanisms and contain the virus.