Ebola conference to generate funding and solidarity for West Africa

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Dr David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

The international community cannot afford to wait to support Ebola recovery, according to the senior UN official leading the fight against the outbreak.

Dr David Nabarro, UN Envoy on Ebola, was speaking ahead of an international pledging conference that will be held in New York on Friday.

The conference will generate commitments and financial resources to help the most-affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dianne Penn reports.

The governments of the three West African countries will be seeking US$3.2 billion to address immediate recovery needs over a two-year period.

Most of the affected region is now free of Ebola, which has killed more than 11,000 people.

Dr David Nabarro is UN Special Envoy on Ebola.

He said it is important to remain vigilant and respond quickly to any new flare-ups of the disease.

"Now, the world can't wait until the outbreak is completely over before supporting the recovery process, and that's because response and recovery are so intertwined. You've got to get health services back in place again if there is going to be trust among the people returning and if lives and livelihoods are going to get back to normal."

Dr Nabarro stated that recovery will require the long-term commitment and partnership of the international community.

The International Ebola Recovery Conference opened in New York on Thursday with technical consultations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to call for continued solidarity with the countries battling the disease when heads of state gather in New York on Friday.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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