Ebola Epidemic: The Keys to Success for the International Response, Hearing before the U.S. Sentate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, One Hundred and Thirteenth Congress, First Session, December 10, 2014   [open pdf - 6MB]

This is a testimony compilation from the December 10, 2014 hearing on "the Ebola Epidemic: The Keys to Success for the International Response" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "At ten new cases a day, the crisis is now manageable; but experts tell us that travelling that last mile to zero new cases will be much more difficult, because the disease has retreated and must now be chased down in every corner. To illustrate this, consider the challenge of contact tracing. For each of the patients in the US, there were around 40 contacts that needed to be quarantined and monitored. The challenge in Liberia is greater, with thousands more contacts, often in villages which take hours to reach through dense bush. This is one of the many reasons why continuing support your support and our joint work together is so important. Moreover, full eradication will not be secured until the whole region is freed from Ebola; until there is prevention against future possible outbreak and until we develop a medicine, both preventive and curative to conquer this deadly disease. This is why securing our borders remains a priority requiring additional resources, as well as providing assistance to our neighbors. […] It [Ebola] is a global issue that we all must continue to confront. This is why the US has been right to tackle it at the frontline, here in West Africa." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Paul Farmer, Anne Peterson, Pape Gaye, and Javier Alvarez.

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