At Global Finance Meeting, World Leaders Press For Additional, Quicker Ebola Responses

Speaking at an Ebola summit held during the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, world leaders urged the global community to ramp up Ebola efforts in the three most-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Associated Press: U.N. chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed
“…United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a 20-fold surge in international aid to fight the outbreak. ‘For those who have yet to pledge, I say please do so soon,’ Ban said. ‘This is an unforgiving disease’…” (Cass, 10/9).

Agence France-Presse: U.S. urges action to keep Ebola from becoming ‘next AIDS’
“A top U.S. health official urged swift action Thursday to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from becoming the next AIDS epidemic, as the health of an infected Spanish nurse deteriorated…” (Sheridan, 10/9).

Deutsche Welle: Top U.S. health official: ‘Ebola biggest challenge since AIDS’
“…Thomas Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the heads of the United Nations, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund gathered in Washington D.C., that there is a ‘long fight’ ahead…” (10/9).

MSNBC: CDC director on Ebola: ‘The only thing like this has been AIDS’
“… ‘I will say that in the 30 years that I have been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,’ Frieden said Thursday at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, D.C. ‘We have to work now so that this is not the world’s next AIDS’…” (Margolin, 10/9).

Washington Post: CDC director calls for action to stop Ebola from becoming “the world’s next AIDS”
“…As AIDS was 30 years ago, Ebola is a poorly understood disease, and this epidemic is already a large one. Frieden’s agency has predicted that the virus could infect as many as 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January if efforts to contain it prove unsuccessful…” (Ehrenfreund, 10/9).

Agence France-Presse: Global Ebola response ‘slower than the disease’: S. Leone leader
“…[Sierra Leone] President Ernest Bai Koroma told Ban and the heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank that the global reaction ‘has been slower than the rhythm of transmission of the disease’…” (10/9).

Associated Press/CBS News: “Our people are dying”: West African leaders plead for Ebola aid at World Bank
“Presidents of West African countries ravaged by Ebola pleaded for aid at the World Bank on Thursday as the U.S. military ramped up its efforts in Liberia, the hardest-hit country…” (10/9).

Los Angeles Times: Leaders call for quicker response to Ebola at World Bank meeting
“Leaders of the three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola sought support from the international financial community Thursday amid warnings that the widening epidemic is devastating the region’s fragile economies…” (Hansen, 10/9).

NPR: Three Forlorn Presidents Bring Ebola Wish List To The World Bank
“…Each of the West African presidents presented a checklist of their country’s needs. Guinea’s President Conde made a plea for medicine and money for food and other supplies. He said the three countries were in a fragile situation…” (Northam, 10/9).

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