The over emphasis on an almost exclusive medical approach at the start of the Ebola crisis hampered progress against the disease, according to Oxfam.
Today the Presidents of the three Ebola affected countries and senior figures from the UN, African Union and EU gathered in Brussels to discuss how to eradicate the virus and how to address recover
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and international agency Oxfam today called on donors and others to join forces to support the government’s $60m appeal to upgrade Liberian schools with water and sanitation facilities as thousands of children across the country return to school for the first time in six months.
More than half of the schools in Liberia have no water supply at all and 43% do not have basic toilets. For those that do, the average use is one toilet for over 100 pupils.
This report provides detailed evidence and data on the current needs for services and investment. It is intended to strengthen the case for donors to prioritize investment in WASH in schools when considering the range of options to support Ebola-affected countries.
Investing in water, sanitation and health in schools is a tangible, cost-effective and sustainable way to support Liberia towards a fast recovery with long-lasting health, educational and economic benefits.
Oxfam has listened to women and men in Liberia and Sierra Leone to hear their priorities for the immediate response, the recovery and beyond.
The decline in new Ebola cases is good news and it makes sense for President Obama to withdraw US troops, but the fight's not over yet. We must stay vigilant and support people in affected countries until West Africa reaches zero new cases.
Nicolas Mombrial, Head of Oxfam’s Washington Office, said: “The IMF’s move will provide welcome relief to countries whose economies have been devastated by Ebola. But the IMF's step is not enough on its own – it needs to be the start of concerted global effort to help these countries."
Ebola is devastating communities in West Africa. Stephen Seckor, who has recovered from Ebola, talks about the difficult situation he faces now that he has taken on looking after thirteen children.