Liberia calls for Ebola 'Marshall Plan' to rebuild economies
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Liberia's president is calling for a plan of international aid to help eradicate Ebola from western Africa and rebuild economies, as the number of deaths from the disease approaches 10,000.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Tuesday that "we need our international partners to remain committed to us," even as the number of new Ebola cases each week in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has dropped significantly.
Sirleaf told fellow regional leaders and delegates at a major international conference on Ebola in Brussels that rebuilding economies devastated by the outbreak is a long-term and costly task.
She said that "the most important long-term response to Ebola rests on plans and strategies for economic recovery," adding that "this will require significant resources, perhaps even a Marshall Plan."