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DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
PRESS RELEASE N0.23/ 24thAU SUMMIT
Stakeholders stress on the post recovery period during a UN- AUC Working session on
Ebola
Addis Ababa, 29 January 2015- “The
great task in the Ebola fight will be to
focus on the reconstruction of the
affected countries,” noted the African
Union Commission Chairperson, Dr.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, during the
UN-AUC Working session on Ebola held
today at the African Union Headquarters
in Ethiopia in the framework of the
ongoing 24th Summit of the African
Union. The working session, chaired by
the AUC Chairperson, was attended by various stakeholders engaged in the fight
against the Ebola epidemic, including the countries affected, the Mano River
organization, United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), and other bilateral and
multilateral partners.
The working session aimed at presenting the current state of affairs on Ebola and
starting discussions on how to support the different affected countries in their post
recovery period. The different stakeholders, particularly the three most affected
countries recognized the efforts of the AU to address the outbreak. The work of the
African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) through the
deployment of 835 health workers from across Africa has been evidence of the capacity
of the continent to stand as one and show its sense of solidarity. The normalization of
the situation with the reduction of the rate of infection and mortality observed, actually is
the result of the mobilization at all levels.
“A few months ago, Ebola was running after us, today we are running after Ebola”,
commented the representative of Liberia. In the same vein, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Sierra Leone said: “the Ebola response architecture is appropriate for every
virus.”
However, the battle is not yet over. The different stakeholders agreed on the necessity
to go further in the fight and to find ways to address challenges like the stigmatization of
the people from the affected countries, the high resistance of local populations, the
communication and networking and the accommodation of the ASEOWA volunteers on
the field which remain an obstacle to the success of this process, said African Union
Commissioner for Social Affairs Dr Mustapha Kaloko..
Furthermore, the stakeholders pointed out the need to learn lessons from this outbreak
and prepare for the future by reinforcing the health systems in Africa. In that regard, the
Dr. Kaloko underscored the necessity for the African Union to establish the African
Centre for disease control and prevention. They also agreed on the fact that the victory
over Ebola will be the result of enhanced coordination between different stakeholders.
The debt cancellation of the affected states will ease their economic recovery. However,
Africa should remain the main actor in the fight. In that regard, the representative of UN
said:” I believe African leadership and ownership is essential in that way.” JL
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