ICR President Miliband visits Freetown; Guinea residents still struggle with Ebola

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The President of the International Rescue Committee on Thursday called for more to be done to combat the spread of Ebola.
David Miliband said countries in West Africa were at a “tipping point”.
Speaking during a trip to Sierra Leone, Miliband said either the disease can be controlled through “intensive local engagement,” or it spreads out of control.
He said people do need aid and assistance from the international community, but ultimately they need “local infection prevention.”
“Door by door, street by street, explaining how to avoid catching the disease – that’s the absolute key,” said Miliband.
In neighbouring Guinea, market vendors continue to feel the economic strains of the Ebola outbreak.
At a forest market in the capital Conakry, produce is sourced from the forest region where the initial Ebola outbreak was discovered.
Vendors go there to buy most local food stuff including grain rice, bananas, plantain and palm oil.
But people in the city are now too afraid to buy local food from traders coming from the region for fear of catching Ebola from the food, or from the vendors themselves.
As a result, traders are suffering financially.
“Since the arrival of Ebola there has been no business, since this morning I could not sell anything,” said Mariam Conde, a rice trader.
On Wednesday, the Food and Agriculture Organisation launched a new programme to assist 90,000 households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the Ebola epidemic.
It’s estimated around 30 (m) million US dollars is needed to safeguard food security and livelihoods in the region.

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