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Obama: 'Extraordinary Strides' Fighting Ebola in Liberia

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President Barack Obama meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus, in the White House Oval Office in Washington, Feb. 27, 2015.

President Barack Obama meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus, in the White House Oval Office in Washington, Feb. 27, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf met Friday at the White House where Obama praised Liberia's leadership fighting Ebola.

"Because of President Sirleaf's leadership, because of the heroism of so many people in Liberia and because of the actions of the United States and ultimately the international community, we have made extraordinary strides in driving back Ebola," said the president.

Sirleaf said the United States has made a "very permanent contribution" in Liberia by helping the country fight the outbreak.

She also praised the Liberian people for working to eradicate the disease. But she noted that Liberia is still at risk as long as there are other affected countries in the region, and said Liberians remain under threat until all its neighbors are disease-free.

The World Health Organization said Friday Ebola has affected nearly 24,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and killed more than 9,600.

The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is prioritizing investment in Liberia to restore and expand health services to address declines in the health rates of mothers and children, declines in immunization rates, and an increase in malaria cases.

In addition, it said Peace Corps volunteers will soon return to Liberia after being evacuated last year.

The World Health Organization said on Friday that Ebola has affected nearly 24,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and killed more than 9,600.

The U.S. State Department said Friday it is prioritizing investment in Liberia to restore and expand health services to address declines in the health rates of mothers and children, declines in immunization rates, and an increase in malaria cases.

In addition, it said Peace Corps volunteers will soon return to Liberia, after being evacuated last year.

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