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Liberia Struggles With HCW, Food Shortages Amid Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on Liberia’s continuing shortage of health care workers and increasing threats to food security as Ebola continues to spread.

Reuters: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help against Ebola: U.N.
“Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. … Antonio Vigilante, head of the U.N. Development Programme in Liberia, said 40,000 community workers needed to be trained and the country still had far too few foreign experts…” (Miles/Nebehay, 9/23).

VOA News: Ebola Weakens Liberia Food Security
“…Fourteen of the [Liberia’s] 15 counties have been affected. Some of the first cases in Liberia were reported in northern Lofa County. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said the outbreak has had a big effect on food security there…” (DeCapua, 9/23).

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