system to fully contain any future recurrence of the disease.
Former President Clinton on Monday paid a visit to Liberia, where his Clinton Foundation is partnering with the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in strengthening the country’s health sector.
He interacted with a dozen Ebola survivors, asking them of their challenges and how he could help improve their lives.
“We are here because we don’t want the world to forget about you. Five days from now you would reach your magical period of time when you wouldn’t have any new Ebola cases. It supposed to start with people coming back to Liberia, investment coming back, people going back to work, but you have a very, very large group of people who survived this and need support,” he told survivors at the Ebola command center in Monrovia.
“We will do what we can to help.”
Former President Clinton, who was accompanied on the visit by his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, empathized with the Ebola survivors over stigmatization they face as well as other health complications arising from the disease.
Former President Clinton: “I want all the people in your country to see that nobody should discriminate against you. They don’t have to be afraid of you. If you survived, you are okay and you are like anybody else. We have to get pass this stigma. We can’t have your fellow countrymen and women to think that something is wrong with you because you had Ebola. They should celebrate with you that you survived and make commitment to help you deal with other health problems that come up.”
His visit coincided with a seminar to plan an effective six-year health workforce for the Liberian health sector.
Former President Clinton told key health stakeholders that training of healthcare workers was important in the quest to strengthen Liberia’s healthcare delivery and response.
The younger Clinton, who spoke after her father, asked for a moment of silence for healthcare workers who died of the virus in all three worst affected countries–Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.