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Mugabe Calls For Int’l Role To Build Health Systems In MRU Nations

11 July 2015, 10:29 pm Written by 
Published in LINA Bulletin
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(LINA) - African Union (AU) Chairman Robert Mugabe has called for a strong sustainable regional and international response to build the healthcare systems of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone against the Ebola epidemic.

Mugabe, who is also President of Zimbabwe, made the call when he addressed the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Ebola Recovery at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Friday.

He underscored the significance of the conference and the commitment of the African Union to continue its support to the West African countries, adding: "The African Union is gratified by the scale and magnitude of global support. But we cannot afford to be complacent.”

“We must comprehensively address the underlying issues as they exist and assist the countries position for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," he maintained.

Also speaking, Presidents Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone endorsed and expressed support for the statement delivered on their behalf by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who catalogued the challenges being faced by the governments and peoples of the three countries.

In remarks, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim promised that the Bank will not shift its focus from the plight of the governments and peoples of the Mano River Union as a moral obligation.

He reiterated his call to other donors for special attention to be paid to the healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, as well as building a more resilient health system in the three countries.

"The World Bank Group is launching global funding mechanisms for universal health coverage for every woman and every child as well as to accelerate private investments in the health sector," he averred.

The African Development Bank Representative, speaking on behalf of its President Donald Kaberuka, expressed support for the Ebola Recovery Plans presented by the three countries.

He pointed out there is the need to vigorously support the plans, according to a dispatch from the Liberian Misission to the U.N headquarters in New York.

He said the AfDB will work with the three affected countries to strengthen their healthcare sectors, and to mobilize resources for capacity-building, good governance and the rule of law.
The European Union Representative warned against complacency in the fight against Ebola, stressing that the fight to get to zero is not over.

He pointed to the need to build more reliable systems and protocols as well as building national capacities and investing in research for long-term remedies.

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