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World Message from president who led the Ebola fight

07:45  30 march  2020
07:45  30 march  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who made history as Africa's first elected female president , led Liberia for 12 years Today, I take this opportunity today to raise my voice in a message of solidarity. Image caption The lessons Liberia learned from the Ebola crisis can be applied to the spread of coronavirus.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sitting at a table using a laptop © Getty Images

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who made history as Africa's first elected female president, led Liberia for 12 years including during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 people in her country.

The BBC asked the Nobel Peace Laureate for her reflections on the current coronavirus crisis.

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Dear fellow citizens of the world

On 19 October 2014, at the height of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when 2,000 of my citizens had already perished and infections were growing exponentially, I wrote a letter to the world pleading for the mobilisation of personnel and resources.

I demanded a show of global unity to avert what we feared would be a world-wide pandemic.

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On December 2, 2014, President Obama visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss the progress we’ve made and the work we still need to do to

With the aftermath of the 2014 Ebola outbreak that killed over 4,000 Liberians, the authorities are not taking the situation lightly. Correspondent Darlington Porkpa has this report from Monrovia. Click the "play" button above to listen to the audio report and listen to the President Weah's song in full below.

Today, I take this opportunity today to raise my voice in a message of solidarity.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Ebola in West Africa. 2014-16 [ 11,325 people died in all ] [ 4,810 people died in Liberia ],[ 3,956 people died in Sierra Leone ],[ 2,544 people died in Guinea ], Source: Source: CDC, Image: People wearing protective gear © Provided by BBC News Ebola in West Africa. 2014-16 [ 11,325 people died in all ] [ 4,810 people died in Liberia ],[ 3,956 people died in Sierra Leone ],[ 2,544 people died in Guinea ], Source: Source: CDC, Image: People wearing protective gear

Almost six years ago, I explained how Liberia's post-conflict economy, and its fragile healthcare system, made it vulnerable to the rapid spread of disease, and I contended that how the world responded to the localised crisis in West Africa, would define our collective healthcare security.

I argued that an uncontrolled contagion, no matter where in the world, and no matter how localised, is a threat to all of humanity.

The world responded positively. And did so boldly.

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The Ebola outbreak is “unparalleled" in modern times,” the World Health Organization said as the death toll climbed to 2,500 dead and 5,000 infected. President Barack Obama was due to announce a major military- led surge in U.S. aid to fight the outbreak later Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 troops

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Barack Obama, Alpha Conde sitting at a table: President Sirleaf, seen here at the White House in 2015, worked with the leaders of neighbouring countries Sierra Leone (L) and Guinea (R) as well as the US to defeat Ebola © Getty Images President Sirleaf, seen here at the White House in 2015, worked with the leaders of neighbouring countries Sierra Leone (L) and Guinea (R) as well as the US to defeat Ebola

A mass mobilization of resources led by the UN, the World Health Organization, and the US followed. We defeated it together. As a result, today there are effective experimental vaccines and antivirals thanks to the collaboration of the best scientific minds around the world.

In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, I am making a similar plea to my fellow world citizens. I do this with an acute awareness that while African nations have so far been spared the worst, it is only a matter of time until it batters the continent which is the least prepared to fight it.

We must act to slow down, break the chain of transmission, and flatten the curve.

The lessons Liberia learned from the Ebola crisis can be applied to the spread of coronavirus © Getty Images The lessons Liberia learned from the Ebola crisis can be applied to the spread of coronavirus

It is clear that lapses were made in the initial response to the virus, from Asia to Europe, to the Americas.

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Cues were missed. Time was wasted.

Information was hidden, minimised, and manipulated. Trust was broken.

'I made the same mistakes'

Fear drove people to run, to hide, to hoard to protect their own, when the only solution is, and remains based in the community.

I know this. I made all of those missteps in 2014, and so did the world's responders. But we self-corrected, and we did it together.

We are at a critical juncture as borders are closing around the world to slow the rate-of transmission.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wearing a hat © Provided by BBC News

Let us not take the wrong cue from this. It does not mean that we are on our own, every country for themselves. On the contrary, it is the sign of a communal response, that border closures make a difference.

Watching from my home in Monrovia, what most encourages today, is the opening up of expertise and the fact that knowledge, scientific discovery, equipment, medicines and personnel are being shared.

It is happening within nations, and increasingly across international borders; an indispensable, albeit delayed reaction, that every person, in every nation, needs to do their part.

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After his work on Ebola , Piot returned to Antwerp and specialised in sexually transmitted diseases. He remains an activist for global health. Just last month the DRC reported a new Ebola outbreak. The battle against Aids, which even today kills more than 1m people a year, continues.

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'We emerged resilient'

This realisation led to our turning point of disease control in West Africa.

In Liberia, we emerged resilient from the Ebola epidemic, and stronger as a society, with health protocols in place that are enabling us to manage the Covid-19 disease.

I fervently believe this is the path we are all on.

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  Message from president who led the Ebola fight © BBC

I have full faith in the relentless spirit of the individual, a conviction that leaders emerge in times of crisis at every level of society, and that our religious and communal differences pale in comparison to our collective belief in the power of prayer, and our respective faith in God.

As we all hunker down in the next few weeks, I pray for the health and well-being of our global citizens, and I ask that everyone remember that our humanity now relies on the essential truth that a life well-lived is a life in the service to others.

You can hear Ellen Johnson Sirleaf read out her letter on Focus on Africa on the BBC World Service on Monday 30 March from 15:00 GMT.

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