WHO To Declare End Of Ebola Outbreak This Week; West Africa Takes Stock Of Economic Damage, Assesses Preparations For Next Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over
“The two-year Ebola epidemic which laid waste to communities across West Africa and killed more than 11,000 people is due to be declared over Thursday with Liberia expecting the all-clear…” (Dosso, 1/13).

Agence France-Presse: West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends
“…As the world awaits the announcement on Thursday that the worst-ever Ebola epidemic has been beaten in West Africa, the three most affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are taking grim stock of the devastation wrought on their economies. The epidemic has devastated the mining, agriculture, and tourism industries in the region — already fragile after years of civil war, dictatorship, and coups — where more than 11,000 people died from Ebola…” (Johnson, 1/13).

Agence France-Presse: With Ebola in check, are we ready for next outbreak?
“…[W]ith a cure still out of reach, and no vaccine on the market, are we better prepared for next time? Important lessons were learnt the hard way from the unprecedented devastation and suffering wrought on Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone — the countries hardest hit by the outbreak which started in December 2013, say experts…” (Dosso/Castelnau, 1/13).

VOA News: Liberia’s Ebola Workers Seek Hazard Benefits
“…[A]s some Liberians prepare to celebrate what they hope is finally the end of the outbreak, many of the men and women who risked their lives to stop the deadly virus are demanding the Liberian government pay benefits they say they were promised…” (Collins, 1/12).

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