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Liberia: President Johnson Sirleaf and Oxfam Call for U.S.$60 Million Liberia School Upgrade

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and international agency Oxfam today called on donors and others to join forces to support the government’s $60 million appeal to upgrade Liberian schools with water and sanitation facilities as thousands of children across the country return to school for the first time in six months.

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President Sirleaf: The long-term cure for Ebola is an investment in health systems

As the Ebola nightmare continues in Liberia and as we battle to contain the epidemic, it is important to look beyond the immediate crisis. Many more lives will be lost before this dreadful outbreak is beaten, but to properly honor the memory of the victims we need to ask how it happened in the first place and, more pressingly, how we can prevent it from happening again, writes Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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ACP countries urge an international conference on Ebola

Brussels – With over 4,500 deaths, 400 health workers infected and a devastating economic impact, the Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community last week to concretize its pledges to the Ebola Trust Fund, whose US$ 100,000 fall drastically short of the US$1 billion needed to fight the outbreak. Today, EU ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Luxembourg to discuss joint strategies to counter the spread of the disease (click here for the EU Council’s conclusions). In the midst of this pressing global agenda, African ambassadors, scientists, EU representatives and international organizations gathered in Brussels’ ACP Group headquarters on Friday for a ‘Symposium on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’.

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Africa’s two female presidents join forces for women

MONROVIA – The only two female heads of state in Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawian President Joyce Banda, have just committed to using their positions to improve the lives of women across the continent.

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Liberia: ‘The return of the one party state’

Most supporters of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change followed the recommendation of their party leader and restrained from voting on November 8. The election results show this with all clarity. After counting all the votes  NEC showed that Johnson Sirleaf and the Unity Party had received more than 90%. Johnson Sirleaf has declared that she wants an inclusive government working for national unity, and there is clearly a need for this after the election period laying bare such cracks of conflict.

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Liberia: Sirleaf-Johnson claims mandate despite low turnout

Nov14

According to votes tallied yesterday Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf looks set to claim a second term as Liberia’s president after an election run-off boycotted by her main rival. Video By Vox Africa

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