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US$8b needed to save West Africa from Ebola-VP Boakai

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Vice President, Joseph Boakai
Vice President, Joseph Boakai

(elbcradio.com/July 22, 2015)-Vice President, Joseph Boakai, says US$8-Billion is needed for a full recovery of the sub region from the Ebola virus.

Vice President Boakai said: “US$4-Billion of the amount will focus on building a sub-regional recovery program, and health, gender, youth development as well as social protection within two-year period.”

He called on African Leaders to lend support to the plan and disclosed the   formulation of a six-year investment plan for building a resilient health System from 2015 to 2021.

VP Boakai joined calls by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union for Debt Relief (AUDR) for the three worst Ebola-affected countries.

The Vice President spoke Tuesday, July 21, 2015 when he addressed the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

“The long-term response to Ebola rests in plans and strategies for economic recovery and in strengthening health care delivery services in the three countries,” he also said.

Vice President Boakai also added: “The regional Ebola response also rests on support to a formulated sub-regional recovery Program to ensure that the MRU States return to stability and prosperity.”

A dispatch quotes the Vice President as naming agriculture, trade private sector development, infrastructure and governance as part of the plan.

 


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