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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez will visit Liberia December 1-7 as a part of a delegation of senior U.S. Government officials, including the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Department of Health and Human Services, who are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
While in Liberia, Pablos-Mendez will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Health Minister George Warner. He will also visit an Ebola treatment unit (ETU), a safe burial site and training center for health care workers in addition implementing partners to discuss international efforts to combat Ebola.
Through a whole-of-government approach, USAID and our U.S. Government partners are mounting an aggressive effort to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Our goal is to enable the most effective international response possible, using our government-wide capabilities to fight the epidemic on a regional basis.
The President’s Emergency Funding Request of $6.2 billion, now pending before Congress, would provide critical resources to build out our domestic Ebola Treatment Centers and Assessment Facilities; take the next steps on Ebola vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; fund our vital Ebola response in West Africa; and advance our Global Health Security needs to detect the spread of Ebola to other countries and combat similar infectious diseases.