Via Thomson Reuters: WaterAid becomes latest NGO to withdraw as Ebola spreads in Liberia. The link below will take you to WaterAid's own statement about the decision. Excerpt:
WaterAid has become the latest international aid agency to suspend its activities and remove international staff from Liberia because of an outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed 729 people in the region.
Earlier this week, U.S. Peace Corps announced it was removing all 340 staff from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, whilst Samaritan's Purse has removed 60 staff form Liberia after two of its health workers became infected with the deadly virus.
“WaterAid’s programme offices in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been temporarily closed and programme work has been suspended. A response plan to protect our staff as much as possible is in place,” said Mariame Dem, Head of Region for WaterAid West Africa.
Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the twelfth lowest human development index score in the world, according to the United Nations. The departure of the aid agencies has raised fears of a looming humanitarian crisis across different sectors.
The three NGOs cover sectors as broad as nutrition and food security, water and sanitation, civil engineering and university level teaching.