FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

2 September 2014

Liberia: Rob Sirleaf Off to U.S., Europe to Boost Ebola Awareness, Support

Monrovia — The Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation has announced the departure from the country of its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf to Europe and the United States of America to provide first-hand presentations to international partners on the present state of the Ebola Epidemic plaguing our country, Liberia.

Mr. Sirleaf will use his presentations and interactions with his international colleagues and partners to seek additional assistance for Liberia in furtherance to the national efforts to tackle the spread of the deadly virus. In a statement issued in Monrovia, the Robert Sirleaf Foundation quotes Mr. Sirleaf as saying that it was a tough decision to leave the country during this critical national period.

"We have an unfortunate National crisis on our hands, and I know we need all hands on deck to tackle this Ebola crisis, however, this trip compels me to meet with our partners to brief them on what we are doing and how they can assist our country and people. Our people are dying daily and I'm not happy as much as all Liberians. I don't feel good. We do not want a country wherein Ebola is killing our people so we have to do something and do it now," said Mr. Sirleaf.

Before his departure from the country, Mr. Sirleaf led several efforts by his foundation in raising awareness on how to prevent contracting and spreading the disease and providing support to underprivileged communities throughout Montserrado County, one of the epic centers of the disease.

Mr. Sirleaf, who returns shortly to the country has, meanwhile, praised the efforts of Health workers in the forefront of fighting the disease, International Responders - the Center for Disease Control-USA, the World Health Organization and Medicine San Frontier (MSF) as well as other well-meaning Liberians for their volunteer expertise and support in helping to kick the deadly disease from Liberia and the sub-sub region.

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