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Ebola: The fight continues

For recovery to take root, help is still needed

Ebola: battling for zero, working for recovery

The three West African countries battling Ebola need continued international support, not only to defeat the deadly virus but also to rebuild stronger and address the conditions that enabled a localized epidemic to become a major, lasting crisis. In a report released ahead of a July 10 international conference on Ebola recovery in New York, UNICEF pointed to the need to work hand-in-hand with local communities to restore and strengthen health, water and sanitation systems, and to provide support to children affected by Ebola, including more than 18,000 who lost one or both parents to the virus. UNICEF's new report, Ebola: battling for zero, working for recovery outlines ways to move forward in this still-urgent situation

Read the report

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta stressed that UNICEF would spare no effort to support the recovery plans of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “By acting now, together, we can – we must – build back stronger, healthier communities for our children,” she said at the July 10, 2015 International Ebola Recovery Conference hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Read the speech by the Deputy Executive Director

For further information, and a history of the Ebola work that UNICEF has engaged, please read Ebola: Getting to zero

As slight hints of recovery began to surface in West Africa, UNICEF looked at the impact of Ebola on children and the response of affected communities in the report, Ebola: Getting to zero – for communities, for children for the future. The document traces some of the outbreak’s history along with stories of survivors, health care workers and those working to make things better on the ground. The report also mapped out the actions that could help build resiliency and resuscitate basic services and systems decimated by Ebola. 

Read the news note

Read the report in English

Read the report in French

Read the report in Spanish

Further information:

National Ebola response

Sierra Leone Health Facility Survey 2014Ebola: battling for zero, working for recovery



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