Your Ebola questions
Question from Sam Phodogoma: What measures are in place to help survivors quickly rebuild their lives, so they can in turn help bring back confidence in their communities?
Helen Clark answers: Survivors need support to resume their jobs and livelihoods, and psychosocial support in many cases too. This must be part of the recovery partnership.
Question from Kamara Abdulai: How will the West African affected countries regain their glories academically and economically after being threatened by the Ebola virus?
Helen Clark answers: Once declared Ebola-free, the three countries do have a good prospect of returning to reasonable economic growth rates. It will be important to prioritise investment in strengthening resilience to shocks like that of Ebola – stronger institutions, systems, and services are needed.
Question from Alhaji Alimu Barrie: The Ebola virus has caused so many problems in Sierra Leone, how would your organisation help rebuild our economy?
Helen Clark answers: All economic sectors were impacted by the crisis. UN agencies and other partners are moving to support small holders and local traders to get re-established.
Helen Clarke on stigma
Question from Merry Morlai: What is going to be done to stop the outside world from stigmatising the worst Ebola-affected countries?
Helen Clark answers: As we move towards zero new cases, I am confident that stigma against the countries will reduce. But it is vital to get there to get a return of investment, flights, and open borders.
Question from Adam Yusuf: How can UN eradicate discrimination against Ebola victims?
Helen Clark answers: The UN advocates for zero stigma and discrimination against survivors. They have a right to be able to resume their normal activities.
Question from James Daniel: What measure have you put in place so that money meant for reconstruction and rebuilding of Ebola victims gets to them without getting into wrong hands?
Helen Clark answers: Mutual accountability and transparency in the use of funds is vital to retain the confidence of the publics of the three countries and international partners.