Liberia Moves From Ebola Control to Eradication
A family watches as a burial team lowers their loved one into a grave at the U.S.-built cemetery for "safe burials" on Jan. 27 in Disco Hill, Liberia.
br>Last year during the epedemic, the Liberian government ordered cremation for all the deceased. Families experienced additional trauma because burials are an important part of the culture. The cemetary is a symbol of the progress Liberia has made towards eradication of Ebola.
Supporters of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wait for her to emerge from the national legislature building on Jan. 26, in Monrovia. The Nobel Peace laureate had just given her State of the Nation address which lauded Liberia's success in combating the Ebola epidemic and reducing the number of cases to single digits nationwide.
Midwife Maima Johnson swaddles a newborn girl after delivering her at the Star of the Sea Health Center on Jan. 29 in the West Point township of Monrovia. Midwives and health workers in the clinic have taken extra care during childbirths to avoid becoming infected.
Health workers from Doctors Without Borders (MSF), watch as Ebola survivor Jessy Amos lights fire to furniture from the Ebola Treatment Unit, on Jan. 26 in Paynesville. In light of recent gains in eradicating the disease, MSF has reduced their high-risk treatment area from 250 to 30 beds. The organization was the first to respond to the epidemic.
UNICEF workers assemble "school infection prevention kits" to stop the spread of Ebola in schools scheduled to open soon on Jan. 28 in Monrovia.
The UN agency says it plans to produce some 10,000 of the kits to be distributed to more than 5,000 districts around Liberia. The kits include thermal gun thermometers with batteries, cleaning supplies, and lists of protocols. Many schools have not been cleaned nor have adequate supplies since they were closed last March due to the Ebola epidemic.
The reopening of schools is considered a major step in the country's return to normalcy as health authorities come closer to eradicating the virus.
Liberians socialize on "Miami Beach" on Jan. 25 in Monrovia. Public gatherings and touching others was discouraged during the outbreak. As Liberians are returning to normal life, the government and international aid organizations are urging the public to remain vigilant until the disease is fully eradicated in West Africa.
Ebola contact tracing coordinator John Mbayoh interviews a man whose brother had died in the family home two days before in the West Point on Jan. 24. Contact tracers have been key to reducing the spread of Ebola, as they locate everyone who has come in contact with a sick person and then monitor them for signs of the illness for 21 days.
A construction crew works to build an Oxfam-funded public water reservoir on Jan. 29, in the West Point. Aid organizations are trying to improve sanitation infrastructure as the Ebola crisis wanes.
A Liberian police assistant waits to check people's temperatures at a police station in the West Point on Jan. 24.
Bindu Quaye celebrates with friends at her wedding reception on Jan. 24 in Monrovia. Like many couples, Quaye and her groom Clarence Murvee waited until the worst of the Ebola epidemic had passed before scheduling their wedding.