West African leaders hope to contain the spread the Ebola virus by December of this year, but say it can only be done with robust international help. Countries most hit by the deadly virus, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are appealing to their diaspora abroad to join the effort. A U.S.- African forum in Washington discussed the immediate needs of these countries and what African groups in the United States can do to help. Zlatica Hoke attended the meeting and has this report.
Top U.S. officials are reassuring the American public that an Ebola outbreak is “extraordinarily unlikely,” just days after the first case of the deadly virus was confirmed on U.S. soil. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says the fight against Ebola is a key part of the struggle against poverty and inequality, giving special urgency to the October 6 gathering of top economic officials from around the world in Washington. With Ebola and other issues in mind, the head of the International Monetary Fund is urging member nations to step up efforts to overcome what she called "mediocre" economic growth. VOA's Jim Randle reports from Washington.