LIBERIA: How Africa And Africans Are Responding To Ebola

October 29, 2014 2:00 AM

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LIBERIA: How Africa And Africans Are Responding To Ebola

This is a three-part series to explore the efforts and highlight the work that Africans are undertaking to curb the spread of the Ebola virus, particularly in the hardest hit region of West Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has infected over 10,000 people and claimed the lives of nearly 5,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. While the media and majority of people are talking about Ebola, the conversations about Ebola-affected countries and Africa in general have somewhat been misguided, uninformed and fear-based. I sought out Africans from the hardest-hit countries to get their take on the fight against Ebola, what Africans are actually doing on the ground to end the crisis and ultimately, find out what needs to be done to end the outbreak. I found that Africans, both at the local level and in the diaspora, are deeply engaged at the heart of the crisis and working tirelessly within their communities to contain the disease.

Liberian-born Saran Kaba Jones is just one of them. Two weeks ago in a crowded room that included German President Joachim Gauck, government officials, dignitaries, and members of civil society organizations, Ms. Kaba Jones sat on a high-level panel alongside Grameen Bank founder and 2006 Nobel Laur...

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