Leaders from the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola are calling for more international aid to help them emerge from the devastating outbreak.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for a massive financial response to Ebola, similar to the U.S. Marshall Plan that helped rebuild European economies after World War Two, during an international conference in Brussels Tuesday.
“We need our international partners to remain committed to us on this journey, as we build our resilience to manage any possible future outbreaks of the virus,” Sirleaf said at a conference hosted by the European Union.
“Just as importantly, we need to respond to the economic impact of the disease, to stabilize our economies, to return to the path of inclusive growth on which we had embarked before the virus hit,” she added.
$5 billion in international aid
The international community has pledged nearly $5 billion to fight Ebola. Roughly half of that has been disbursed.
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will host another conference in April to assess whether more financing is need to tackle the outbreak.