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U.S. Military’s Ebola Aid Delivery Begins; Liberia President Thanks U.S., Calls On Other Leaders To Help

News outlets report on the rollout of U.S. assistance to Liberia to help curb the Ebola outbreak and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s public appreciation of the aid and call for other leaders to follow suit.

Reuters: U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia
“The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military’s battle against West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. … The plane is the first of 13 air shipments headed for Monrovia, carrying equipment for a 25-bed hospital to be built in Liberia’s capital…” (Morgan, 9/17).

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Poses a New Challenge for U.S. Military
“…The American military has experience responding to humanitarian crises abroad, including the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti and the 1994 East African refugee crisis created by the Rwandan genocide. … But the Ebola crisis in West Africa presents a unique set of challenges, according to J. Stephen Morrison, head of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies…” (McKay et al., 9/17).

Agence France-Presse: Liberia hopes U.S. aid can turn tide on Ebola
“Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday hailed the U.S. pledge of military help to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, saying she hoped the global community would follow suit…” (9/17).

Reuters: Liberia hopes U.S. Ebola pledge will spur others to act
“… ‘On behalf of the Liberian people and in my own name, I want thank President Obama and the American people for scaling up the American response,’ Johnson Sirleaf said in an address to Liberians. ‘We remain in touch with the leaders of other governments to take similar steps and join us in partnership to end this disease,’ she said…” (Flynn, 9/17).

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