ILO side event to the International Ebola Recovery Conference

Ebola: Strengthening resilience through Social Protection

An ILO side event held at UN Headquarters in New York to respond to post-ebola recovery plans in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with a focus on social protection policies.

Press release | 08 July 2015
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – Ahead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s International Ebola Recovery Conference (9-10 July 2015), the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized in New York an interactive panel discussion to address key priority areas of post-ebola recovery plans in the three affected countries.

Held on 8 July, the ILO side event - moderated by Anne Drouin, Social Protection Specialist - highlighted the support to the recovery of the world of work in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with an emphasis on the need for a minimum of social protection coverage and access to basic infrastructure services.

Members of the panel included the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Liberia, Francis Dennis, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba as well as senior experts from UNICEF, France and Public Service International (PSI).

The ILO side event precedes the resource mobilization conference for Ebola recovery, and participants underlined the need for the development of social security systems, the recovery of production systems with occupational safety and health as well as the implementation of universal health coverage.

According to WHO, to rebuild their health systems and provide services from 2015 – 2017, Guinea has budgeted $1.176 billion and still needs to raise $386.5 million; Liberia has budgeted $550 million and still needs to raise $169.7 million; and Sierra Leone budgeted $361 million and still needs to raise an estimated amount of $140 million.

The ILO was part of the ERA “Ebola Recovery Assessment” (ERA), carried out by the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the United Nations system. Infrastructure and Basic Services (IBS) working group was led by UNICEF and ILO.