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partners and the international community to maximize their support in strengthening the health, education, economic and governance institutions to overcome perennial and emerging development challenges. It is crucial to prepare early warning mechanisms in non-affected countries. The health system management in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is similar to most other African countries. To this end, the Regional UNDG-WCA calls on ECOWAS and the African Union to institutionalize highly preventive mechanisms to forestall a repeat of the current situation in the near future. Current efforts of the African Union in mobilizing solidarity actions from other African countries and partnerships with the private sector should be strengthened. A UN women beneficiary from the Cross -Border Trade Programme struggling with her business sales in Liberia. Photo by: UN women, Winston P.Daryoue SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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74 The United Nations should work with ECOWAS to ensure that closed borders are reopened and that international stigmatization is addressed. Early recovery cannot take root if borders are still closed. The closure of borders may have hurt growth-led investments and disrupted the regional integration process necessary for growth and development. Efforts to ensure that borders are opened should be giving a priority by Mano River Union, ECOWAS as well as UNDP and relevant UN agencies. There is an urgent need to move from strategy to concrete actions in the establishment of the regional Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Both ECOWAS and the African Union have initiated the process of establishing these centres at the regional and continental levels. Translating these declarations into functioning centres is key. Strategic actions (short-, medium- and long-term actions) required to make these fully operational are urgently needed. Mobilizing financial resources, expertise, technical support and partnership is ineluctable. In addition, to avoid unhealthy competition, the activities of the regional and continental disease centres must be complementary. The ECOWAS Centre has been mandated to focus on the conduct life-saving research on priority health problems in Africa and to serve as a platform to share knowledge and build capacity in responding to public health emergencies and threats. The African Centre should focus on complementary and high-level mandates for synergy and unity of purpose. Medium- and long-term targets must be set for these centres and mechanisms established for monitoring performance. Ebola Solidarity Fund must be managed efficiently and should be transformed into a post-Ebola tropical disease control endowment fund. The Ebola Solidarity Fund established by ECOWAS and the ‘Stop Ebola’ Fund established by the African Union Commission are epochal.
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