Obama Administration Provides Update to African Diaspora Communities on U.S. Ebola Response

January 7, 2015
Health Workers Walk Around the Monrovia Medical Unit

Last month, the State Department’s Bureaus of Public Affairs and African Affairs, in coordination with interagency colleagues, hosted a conference call with Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield and approximately 200 representatives of the African diaspora community from across the United States. Together with officials from USAID, the National Security Council (NSC) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, provided an update on the ongoing response to the crisis.

In December 2014, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield was part of a U.S. delegation to Liberia, led by Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Lumpkin, to assess the current state of Liberia’s fight against Ebola and U.S. response efforts on the ground. On this call, she reviewed her trip and commended the efforts of U.S. Embassy personnel in Monrovia, who are working around the clock, to support the anti-Ebola effort.  She also stressed that the U.S. Government response to Ebola has been a “whole of government” effort.

In response to questions from call participants, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield noted that, after several very difficult months, Liberia has made significant gains in the fight against Ebola. She also added that more work remains to be done until Liberia is Ebola-free. To that end, she urged Liberians not to change the practices that have been put in place to ensure the eradication of this disease. 

The Assistant Secretary also remarked that Ebola is a “regional problem,” not a Liberian problem, and one that requires tremendous teamwork and international coordination.  In that regard, she described the collaborative efforts of the U.S. embassy, USAID, the CDC, the African Union and Liberians as nothing short of “impressive.”

Thomas-Greenfield remains engaged in coordination efforts with other U.S. Government agencies and colleagues in the international community around the recovery program in the region, the state of the health sector, and the conditions for improvement in education and infrastructure.

The U.S. Government continues to stand with Liberia, and knows that this is a situation that they cannot fight alone.  Liberia and other Ebola-affected countries need the support of the international community and we are committed to providing that support.  President Obama made that very clear when he said that this is a national security crisis, not only for the region, but for the world.

For more information on the ongoing U.S. response to the virus, please visit our State Department page here.

About the Author: David Duckenfield serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs.



john l.
Illinois, USA
January 8, 2015

USA Government is taking every necessity step to stop Ebola virus in country.

Amadu M.
Texas, USA
January 8, 2015
While this is great that the Americans were able to quickly turn things around in Liberia to a minimum number of new cases; it is prudent that they not run away from the war now that they have succeeded in the Liberian battle. Sierra Leone especially and Guinea, still need a lot of help. And if the new strategy is to go to zero cases then leaving one case in Sierra Leone or Guinea can start another epidemic. In fact the current one started with just a single case. We need to be cognizant of that, and I am sure we are; but with US troops returning already we need to be cautioned.
kamara o.
January 15, 2015
Thank u America,for job well done,please don,t give up until the disease is eradicated in,liberia,Guinea and Sierra-Leone.Thanks,so much may GOD,bless the U.S.A.


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