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UNHCR Donates Vehicles to County Health Teams in Support of the Government’s Fight Against Ebola

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UNHCR Donates Vehicles to County Health Teams in Support of the Government’s Fight Against Ebola

UNHCR LBR, 15 Oct 2014

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MONROVIA, 15 OCT 2014—The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia has donated two vehicles including a Toyota minibus and a Land Cruiser for use by health workers in Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties. This is in support of the Government of Liberia’s response to the Ebola Virus Disease crisis.

UNHCR Representative in Liberia, Khassim Diagne, noted that “through these donations, UNHCR joins other international partners in supporting the government of Liberia in its fight against EVD, especially in counties hosting Ivorian refugees.”

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed her appreciation to UNHCR for the gesture at one of the handover ceremonies held at the Ganta Methodist Hospital in Nimba County on 7 October.

UNHCR Representative Khassim Diagne thanked communities in the counties of Nimba, Maryland and Grand Gedeh for hosting and responding to the needs of Ivorian refugees. Liberia currently has three refugee camps which are Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba, PTP Refugee Camp in Grand Gedeh and Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County. Earlier this year UNHCR donated assorted medical supplies to authorities in Maryland County in support of refugees at Little Wlebo.

More than 38,000 refugees remain in Liberia at the present time, down from a peak of 220,000 in 2011. Most of Liberia’s refugee population consists of people who fled Côte d’Ivoire in the aftermath of that country’s disputed 2010 presidential run-off election.