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Liberia’s Ebola Challenge and Opportunity: Research Toward a Vaccine

first_imgAs they used to say at Cuttington, when Walter Traub (now Dr. Gwenigale) was there, this is nothing short of “metaphysical” or “far-fetched.” But we at the Daily Observer strongly believe it is NOT: that it is decidedly DOABLE: Liberia should begin NOW the research toward finding a vaccine for Ebola.We admittedly do not have all the scientists in the world, but for starts, we have Dr. Gwenigale himself, Dr. Vuyu Golakai, a surgeon, Dr. Emmett Dennis, a microbiologist, Dr. Billy Johnson, a gynecologist and obstetrician with a PhD in Medicine, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, Dr. Sam Brisbane, Dr. Abraham Borbor and Dr. Roseda Marshall, Dr.  Lily Sanvee; Dr. Bankole Jarrett, Dr. Kate Bryant and her scientific sister Tidi Bryant, all three of whom, though now retired, still can help with their contacts in the United States; Dr. Varney Freeman, a surgeon; Dr. Jerome Washington, a heart specialist, Dr. Juliette Phelps Maxwell, a surgeon, Dr. James Elliott, Dr. T.K. Slewion, Dr. Adama Sirleaf and Dr. Estrada Bernard II,  all practicing in the USA; and all the other Liberian scientists and medical doctors practicing around the world, especially in the USA and Europe.These, we think, are a good start.  Dr. Gwenigale and Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister and Chief Medical Officer, respectively, and Dr. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, should lead the charge.  They should consult with all our scientists on the ground, convene a retreat and put on paper a basic research design and circulate it to their colleagues around the world.  All Liberian scientists, wherever they are, would be interested and could grab the idea and go running with it, making contacts with their fellow scientists wherever they are, to help research this deadly disease toward developing a vaccine against it.The scientists at the Liberia Institute for Tropical Medicine (LITM) in Charlesville, near Roberts International Airport, would be a good place to start. As we have always said, MONEY is NOT the problem.  Long before one cent is raised, people want to see a concrete and challenging IDEA whose time has come.  If they are convinced that it is a worthy cause, they will find the money.  We are positive that the few Liberians with money, such as Bill Morris, Benoni Urey and Emmanuel Shaw; and George Soros (Open Society), Bill Clinton and Tony Blair–friends of Ellen, all–and philanthropists Bill and Malinda Gates, the Amazon and Google people and so many other wealthy and good-hearted ones, would heartily embrace this idea and help support it.The three monied Liberians mentioned–Morris, Urey and Shaw—could begin by financing and hosting the first retreat–probably at Cuttington, Du Side Hospital or some other appropriate venue, and contribute the seed money to start this important project.  The Daily Observer would be happy to provide all the necessary publicity and promotion for the project idea.Others, seeing that we have cast our buckets where we are, would join in and help carry the idea forward.We pray that Drs. Gwenigale, Johnson, Dahn and all our other scientists on the ground would put aside whatever doubts and fears that may arise, embrace this idea and start the ball rolling.  As mentioned earlier, this idea is NOT far-fetched; it is decidedly DOABLE.Once we start, scientists in Guinea, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where Ebola started, will join in.Let us seize the initiative NOW, rather than wait for others to do what at least we can START doing for ourselves!Here, meanwhile, is an opportunity to develop a data base of ALL Liberian scientists in the USA, Europe and elsewhere who we are sure would welcome the idea to come forward and do something good for Africa.  We call upon Drs. Bryant, Jarrett, Washington and Phelps-Maxwell, Elliott, Slewion, Bernard II and Adama Sirleaf, all of whom are in the USA, to begin now putting together the Liberian scientists’ data base.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OSIWA Donates to ELWA Ebola Center

first_imgWith the dire needs of Ebola centers to get more support  from local and international partners to carry out smoothly  their operations, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated several items, including used  clothes, lappas, bed sheets, chlorine and disinfectants, to ELWA Ebola Center II.The donation was made last Friday.Speaking during the donation ceremony in Monrovia, the country director for Liberia OSIWA, Madam Massa Crayton, her organization’s  donation came about as an effort to help eradicate the Ebola disease in the country.She said she understood that Ebola is being kicked out of the country, noting that the cases are reducing. At the same time, however, everyone should join in the fight against the killer disease.“We decided to donate these items to help fight the disease because OSIWA is an organization that takes  initiatives.”She called on all Liberians global partners to help fight the disease and save the country from the disaster.The manager of ELWA Ebola Center II, Mr. Nathaniel Dovillie, expressed  appreciation to OSIWA for the support which the organization continues to give in the fight against Ebola. He recalled that OSIWA recently donated a Toyota Pickup to the health Ministry in the fight against the virus.The ELWA ETU II center had  been working tirelessly in making sure that patients who get to the Ebola center receive better treatment and make sure that more lives are saved.“We are now reporting empty beds and there are not enough patients in the Ebola center.Mr.Dovellie gave the OSIWA delegation the good news that 15 persons were being discharged last Friday or Saturday.He said the center had discharge nine Ebola survivors last week and there were 48 cases of Ebola in the center as of Friday.  The center is doing all it can to release more survivors shortly.OSIWA follows the development of open societies by supporting and building partnerships with local and regional groups that promote inclusive democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and active citizenship.The organization helped create and spin off the West Africa Civil Society Institute, a pioneering institution dedicated to building and strengthening civil society organizations. The initiative also supports public education and awareness-raising activities on human rights issues, natural resources management, and freedom of information. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is active in 10 countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone) and focuses on law, justice and human rights, and economic and political governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more