Imagine a world that could be winning the fight against Ebola.
On Monday, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged her people to redouble their efforts in an ambitious bid to wipe out the virus in her country by Christmas day.
The President has traveled to some of the worst affected areas, and she spoke about coming face to face with the deadly disease in an exclusive video diary for the Amanpour program.
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CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on the desperate effort to save Ebola patients from the viewpoint of those taking care of them.
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By Mick Krever, CNN
Liberia is in desperate need for someone to take charge of the fight against Ebola, that country’s ambassador to the UK, Rudolf von Ballmoos, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
“We're having help from all over the world, I must say, and for this we are extremely grateful,” he said, adding that the U.S. military, the U.N., Germany, Norway, and others have all stepped in to assist the fledging Liberian ministry of health.
“But what we will need – proper coordination.”
“Who is taking instructions from who? That's something we have to sit and coordinate it properly. That's what Liberia is looking for.”
Liberia has been by the far the worst hit by the Ebola epidemic, with 2,069 deaths, according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
by Henry Hullah
It has been over five months since the worst outbreak of Ebola in history struck West Africa.
In Liberia, more than 570 people have died from disease.
But the nation's Information Minister Lewis Brown told the program that they are making progress tackling the spread of the virus.
"We believe now that we are better positioned than we've been in a couple of months to be able to get a handle on this and hopefully to eradicate it from our country."
Talking from Liberia's capital, Monrovia, he was hopeful but quite frank about the troubles his country faced when trying to halt the charge of infections.
"The truth of the matter is we're not just fighting a disease in isolation; we're fighting the disease with people we know. We're fighting cultural, long-held cultural practices and beliefs. And certainly we're not the most enlightened society in the world. And we're trying to bring every tool imaginable to bear in helping our communities help themselves."
"It is truly a difficult fight. We need all hands on deck. We need all those expertise to align behind this fight as best as we can."