President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has become the second person to win the prestigious Global Champion Award for her courage, leadership, integrity and wisdom in the overall fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
President Sirleaf ranks second to former U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who won the award for the first time in 2013.
According to a dispatch from New York, the President was conferred the award by the medical organization, International Medical Corps, an international non-governmental organization (INGO) involved in the provision of comprehensive care and resources to people diagnosed of Ebola in Bong and Margibi Counties.
Shortly after she received the award, President Sirleaf paid tribute to the communities for showing the leadership and taking ownership in demonstrating the zealousness to serve as first responders in the midst of the epidemic. She saluted the communities for putting their country first, especially at a time when Liberia confronted an unknown enemy.
She acknowledged the communities’ role in taking charge, and as such, deserves all the credit, noting the sacrifices made by nurses, doctors and the hard working team of the Incident Management System.
The President, however, indicated that in spite of the progress, her administration was committed to vigorous surveillance geared towards protecting its borders as well as taking action to increase the pace of combating malaria and cholera.
On behalf of the International Medical Corps, its vice president for Institutional Advancement, Rebecca Milner, described President Sirleaf as “a remarkable and extraordinary leader,” who successfully led her country during its most turbulent moment.
She said her organization has great interest in the government’s priority aimed at training and rebuilding a resilient health system in Liberia.