SINCE LAST FALL, NEW ebola cases across west africa
have declined significantly
Since the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa, the U.S. Government has contributed some $1.4 billion in funding to stop the disease in its tracks. This decisive action led to the major international response we see today and helped lower the number of new Ebola cases.
USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein made an important announcement about the United State’s ongoing commitment to getting to zero new Ebola cases, during the star-studdedGlobal Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concerton the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Speaking before hundreds of thousands of concertgoers, Feierstein announced the Agency will provide$126 million to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to re-establish and strengthen their health systems, which have been weakened by this protracted public health crisis.
Thanks to the American people, that money will go to both restoring critical health services that shut down during the Ebola outbreak and rebuilding those health systems so a crisis of this magnitude never happens again. To this end, help must extend beyond simply getting treatment to people who have fallen ill with Ebola. Preventing the virus from spreading, and educating communities about the disease are now the primary focus.