Via the Daily Observer: High-Level Disaster Response Meeting Convenes in Monrovia. Excerpt:
The Government of the United States of America, through its Embassy in Monrovia, has pledged its continued support in fighting the deadly Ebola disease that threatens post-war Liberia.
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, gave the assurance to delegates at the opening of the High-Level Disaster Preparedness and Response meeting hosted Tuesday, April 8, at a resort in Monrovia.
Tuesday’s meeting was hosted by the Government of Liberian (GOL), and organized by the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) with support from the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM).
The purpose of the meeting, Ambassador Malac said, was to enable stakeholders and decision makers to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that are likely to arise during a disaster, as well as to identify gaps and assess the need for modifying Liberia’s disaster management plans, policies, and procedures.
She disclosed among other things that an innovative collaboration between the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) and AFRICOM helped lay the foundation for Tuesday’s event.
“As you have seen over the past weeks, the United States and other donors and international organizations are coming to the aid of Liberia and other West African countries to manage the serious Ebola outbreak.”
According to the U.S. Envoy, United States and Liberia’s other partners are ready and willing to ensure that the country is prepared to meet any natural disaster or pandemic.
In that connection, the U.S. diplomat encouraged all stakeholders at the meeting to take advantage of Tuesday’s gathering to build on the progress already made.s The information presented is expected to provide guidance for the structuring of a National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC) and a Disaster Management Agency (DMA).