Lesotho Times - - Africa - Donors re­nege on Ebola prom­ise

now killing each other. Rather than fac­ing the de­vel­op­men­tal chal­lenges con­fronting us, we are spend­ing our scarce re­sources killing our chil­dren and in­flict­ing un­speak­able hor­rors and unimag­in­able hard­ship on our brothers and sis­ters.

“That is truly a tragedy and it must stop. Enough is Enough! Within the frame­work of the African Union, we have to, as a mat­ter of ur­gency, reach a con­sen­sus on how to si­lence the guns. Not by 2020, but now. Why must we wait? We must say ‘NO’ to wars and con­flicts on our con­ti­nent”.

Buhari specif­i­cally urged the AU lead­ers to en­gage de­ci­sively with the peo­ple and gov­ern­ments of South Su­dan and Bu­rundi in or­der to quickly end the con­flicts in both coun­tries.

As­sur­ing of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­feat ter­ror­ism and end the war against the Boko Haram in­sur­gency, he said through the Multi­na­tional Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Nige­ria would con­tinue to part­ner with other mem­ber states of the Lake Chad Basin Com­mis­sion and Benin Re­pub­lic.

Ear­lier while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists in Ad­dis Ababa, United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ban Ki Moon said the UN’S part­ner­ship with the AU on con­flict preven­tion and res­o­lu­tion as well as coun­ter­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism was crit­i­cal. — al­ ABID­JAN — In­ter­na­tional donors have failed to de­liver $1.9bil­lion in promised funds to help West African coun­tries re­cover from the Ebola epi­demic that killed more than 11 000 peo­ple and dec­i­mated al­ready weak health­care sys­tems, the Uk-based char­ity Ox­fam has said.

The re­main­ing $3.9bn pledged has been dif­fi­cult to track be­cause of “scant in­for­ma­tion” and a lack of trans­parency, the group said.

“We’re find­ing it hard to un­der­stand which donors have given what money, to whom and for what pur­pose,” said Aboubacry Tall, Ox­fam’s re­gional di­rec­tor for West Africa.

Ox­fam called on donors and the gov­ern­ments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the three hard­est-hit coun­tries - to pro­vide de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on how aid is be­ing pro­vided.more than $5bn was pledged by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as part of a spe­cial In­ter­na­tional Ebola Re­cov­ery Con­fer­ence in New York last July. At least $1.9bn of that “still has not been al­lo­cated to a spe­cific coun­try in a pledge state­ment let alone through more firm com­mit­ments to spe­cific re­cov­ery pro­grammes”.

Orig­i­nat­ing in Guinea more than two years ago, the Ebola out­break left about 23 000 chil­dren with­out at least one of their par­ents or care­givers, while about 17 000 sur­vivors are try­ing to re­sume their lives de­spite bat­tling mys­te­ri­ous, lin­ger­ing side ef­fects.

Mean­while, the dis­ease has not been stamped out en­tirely. Though the WHO de­clared an end to virus trans­mis­sion through­out the re­gion on Jan­uary 14, the next day of­fi­cials in Sierra Leone re­ported a new fa­tal­ity and a se­cond per­son has since tested pos­i­tive.

The WHO said it had an­tic­i­pated there would still be flare-ups be­fore Ebola was truly over. How­ever, Ox­fam said the slow re­sponse to re­cent flare-ups in both Sierra Leone and Liberia show they are still not able to deal ef­fec­tively with new cases.

— Reuters

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