AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ebola Hampers HIV/Aids Care
[IRIN]Monrovia/Dakar -Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.

Ebola 'Shouldn't Have Caught Us Unawares'
[Deutsche Welle]Ebola has badly shattered parts of West Africa, exposing lethal weaknesses in health services and disease surveillance. It also raises broader questions about African governance and human resources.

African Union Welcomes Plans By the People's Republic of China to Build a Hospital in Liberia
[African Union]AU Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the announcement by the People's Republic of China that it will build a 100-bed medical centre in Liberia.

World's 1.8 Billion Young People Can Propel Development
[New Dawn]Developing countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people's education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published this week by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Health Ministry Issues Regulation On Ebola Fight
[LINA]The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has issued regulations as the nation goes through political campaigning in readiness for the Special Senatorial Election on December 16, in the face of the Ebola outbreak.

House Passes U.S.$660 Million 2014/2015 National Budget
[Legislature of Liberia]The Honorable House of Representatives voted to approve the Draft National Budget following several hearings and Committee scrutinize.

Measures to Be Put in Place for Senatorial Elections
[New Dawn]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that measures will be instituted to safeguard all Liberians as the Senatorial by elections kick-off. Addressing the nation on Wednesday, President said the National Elections Commission, and the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with agencies and partners, under the Public Health Law, will announce a number of guidelines and protocols on Thursday, November 20, to ensure that all Liberians are safe especially during this electoral process.

Gov't Orders All Beaches Closed On November 29
[Heritage]Monrovia -The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Deputy Minister of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Atty. Isaac W. Jackson, has ordered all beaches operating across the country closed on November 29.

Liberia's Economy in 'Trouble'
[NEWS]Finance and Development Planning Minister has disclosed that Liberia's economy is in serious trouble as a result of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.

Stop the Election
[NEWS]The Justice and Public Interest Consortium Africa (JUPICA) has filed a petition for a Writ of Prohibition before the Justice-in Chambers of the Supreme Court of Liberia to halt the special senatorial election.

2014/15 National Budget Passed
[New Dawn]The House of Representatives, on Thursday during its regular sitting, overwhelmingly passed the 2014/15 National Budget.

Robert Sirleaf Breaks Silence Over Rumors of Being a Gay
[Heritage]Monrovia -One of the front runners in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election for Montserrado County, Mr. Robert Alvin Sirleaf, has broken silence over wide spread rumors that he is a gay.

'Health System Improvement Paramount'
[NEWS]Health Minister-designate George K. Werner has spoken of plans to have the health sector of the country improved as a means of addressing curable diseases.

'I Don't Consider Myself Gay'
[NEWS]Montserrado County senatorial candidate Robert A. Sirleaf has clarified that he does not consider himself a gay as being rumored in some quarters in the Liberian society.

ECOWAS Names Ebola Coordinator
[Observer]There is an ancient dictum that says "It is said that it is better late than never."

Liberian Economy Shrinks to 0.4 Percent
[Observer]In the face of the ongoing Ebola crisis, the Liberian economy is being dealt huge blows, receding by over 6 percent in less than six months. The gross domestic product (GDP) was projected to have grown by 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, but it is now revised downward to 0.4 percent due to the health crisis in the country. In 2013, projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth was 8.0 percent, but it was later revised downward to 5.9 percent prior to the Ebola outbreak.

'U.S.$20 Million Lost to Illicit Money'
[Observer]A research report released yesterday on the Liberian economy shows that an estimated US$20 million is lost annually due to illicit financial flow (IFF).

Liberia, World Bank Sign U.S.$30 Milion Financing Deal
[Observer]The World Bank Group and the Liberian Government have penned two financing agreements extending US$30 million to the Government of Liberia to help with the country's recovery program through the budget, amidst the Ebola outbreak.

Rob Sirleaf Apologizes to Montserrado County
[Observer]Urges Supporters to 'Think Forward'

U.S.$600 Million Budget Leaves Capitol Hill
[Observer]Despite the presence of the Ebola virus and government's lack of capacity to combat the spread of the disease, Capitol Hill has passed a budget of US$660,236,000 million.

Four Top Empty Seats At Justice Ministry
[Observer]As the nation witnesses the removal and reshuffling of several high profile government officials, some Liberians, particularly employees of the Justice Ministry, have expressed fear for their safety wondering when the Ministry's new leadership will be announced,.

Ban to Take Up Fight Against Ebola With Heads of All UN Organizations
[UN News]On the eve of a meeting of United Nations agency chiefs to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank reported today Liberia's labour sector has suffered a huge blow since the start of the crisis, as a "massive effort" was underway in Mali to halt the spread of the re-emerged virus.

WFP Supports Ebola Survivors
[WFP]In August, Siatta's mother was the first of her family to die of the Ebola virus. Next was her father, and then the aunt who had come to take care of them. Then her brother passed away, his wife, and their children ... Out of 15 people living in the little house in Kakata, in Liberia's Margibi district, seven passed away in just nine weeks.

Ebola Is Throwing Liberian Economy Into a Dangerous Downspin
[UNDP]Liberia could experience negative GDP growth for the first time since the war ended 11 years ago unless urgent action is taken to stimulate the economy. Liberia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world last year, but recent projections show that the country's growth could be going backwards in 2015.

Ali Sylla Breaks Silence Accuses UP Lawmakers Of Conspiracy
[NEWS]Unity Party Montserrado County senatorial candidate who recently withdrew from the race has broken silence on his decision to quit the process.

Pharmaceutical Giant Includes Liberia in Drug Donation
[LINA]Bayer, a world pharmaceutical giant, has expanded its aid donations for Ebola patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone with additional drugs.

Ebola Cases 'No Longer Rising in Liberia, Guinea'
[UN News]The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the number of Ebola cases is "no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still increasing in Sierra Leone", and that preparedness teams have been sent this week to Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal.

Health Ministry Indicates Signs for Isolation
[LINA]The public and international partners are warned that any person suspected of having the symptoms of the Ebola virus shall immediately be isolated.

Gov't to Invest U.S.$174 Million to Restore Economy
[LINA]Government will invest US$174 million into the economy to mitigate the effects of the collapse in economic activities as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.

Ebola Dwarfs Economic Growth Rate - Finance Ministry
[LINA]Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh has disclosed that the country's economic growth rate is experiencing a downward trend due to the overwhelming impact of the Ebola virus on the country.