WBG President Jim Yong Kim chairs this high-level roundtable at which the heads of state of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will present their Ebola recovery plans to finance and development ministers and international partners. The event aims to build global support for the three Ebola-affected countries to get to and sustain zero cases, jumpstart recovery and build more resilient health systems and economies.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has had catastrophic consequences on the already weak health systems of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This 90-minute event, led by global health experts, will look at fragile states and how limited resources, poor governance, and difficulties organizing and delivering health services often leads to weak health systems that can be pushed over the edge in the face of disaster. Join David Nabarro, the UN’s Special Envoy on Ebola; the World Health Organization’s Dr. Edward Kelley; Assistant Minister of Health for Liberia Tolbert Nyenswah; and World Bank experts as they discuss how to strengthen health systems in fragile states and how best to leverage the lessons of Ebola in order to explore a forward looking approach to averting future epidemics.
On Friday, November 21, 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan held a brief press availability after the UN Chief Executive Board’s private session on the Ebola response.
Join leaders from the three West African countries most-affected by the Ebola crisis – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – and global development leaders to discuss the critical issues, needs, and possible solutions to address both the health and socioeconomic impacts of the crisis, and how the international community and partner countries can best support these countries and accelerate an end to the epidemic.