The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has become an international humanitarian crisis. The death toll is rising and the geographic coverage is widening. This is not just a medical emergency but also a crisis that could destabilize the entire region for years to come. In spite of the horrific situation facing the region, the international response has been disappointingly inadequate. The international community, specifically the European Union and member states, and the United States have a responsibility to do more to mobilize the expertise, logistics and financial resources that are needed to bring the crisis under control.
Liberia is doing what it can and its doctors and nurses have been on the frontline handling the crisis and risking their lives. But Liberia, which has just emerged from 14 years of civil war, does not have the infrastructure to handle the current Ebola crisis. The country should not be expected to deal with the worst outbreak of the world’s deadliest virus on its own. It is imperative that the international community acts now to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.