President's Corner: Sam Worthington

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Samuel A. Worthington is president and CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations working internationally. InterAction leads, supports, and mobilizes its members to take collective action, improve the impact of their programs, increase their global reach, and advocate for efforts that advance human well-being around the world.  Mr. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the U.S. Congress, administration, and media. Previously, he served from 1994 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA, a global development NGO.

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Sam Worthington's blog:
Ebola – A Fragile Healthcare System’s Ripple Effects

Four years ago I traveled over a deeply washed away and rutted dirt track to visit villages in the northern Liberian jungle, in what is now the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. I focused on a network of small health clinics, which were dealing with the scourges of war and the impact of gender-based violence. Once the emergency of war eased, foreign assistance for these clinics was cut – and now what remains of these clinics are at the heart of an Ebola outbreak. 

Recently, President Obama announced that the administration will be tackling the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history by deploying troops, increasing the supply of medical resources across West Africa, and increasing collaborative efforts with the United Nations and other international organizations. The United Nations estimates a need for $1 billion in efforts to contain the outbreak and reduce the probability of a humanitarian catastrophe.
InterAction members are responding to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak, providing clinical care, logistical support and community outreach (click here for a bigger snapshot of involved members). For instance, International Medical Corps recently opened and is running a new Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong County, Liberia – a unit constructed by Save the Children. This facility increases the total number of Ebola treatment facilities in the country to six. International Medical Corps works with local partners and employs over 200 specially trained staff, 90% of whom are Liberians.