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It's a duty for us to meet today with the Heads of State and Government of the countries that are more affected in Africa as well as with the United Nations and the NGOs that are partners for our work. We must first of all realise that it's not over yet, and we have still to concentrate all our efforts to make sure that there is no new case and that Ebola is defeated for sure and for good.
Then we have to realise that it is not only people that need to recover from the epidemic, but also entire communities, societies and countries. A large part of a continent that is very important for us, for Europeans.
That's why we are having this conference today: to concentrate on what needs to be done immediately to make sure that we have no other cases and that the cases that are there, are treated in an effective way; to make sure that the pledges done by the international community - the one from the European Union is very consistent, over €1billion over the last year- are delivered in the best possible way; and that we start looking forward how to reconstruct the health system, the welfare system, the entire community system of these countries that were close to be destroyed by this terrible phenomenon. We are always prepared for crisis, wars and conflict, we also have to be ready to face this kind of disasters which are affecting so many thousands of lives of people.
We will discuss today on the concrete efforts to be done, not only on the pledge level, also on the health assistance, on the recovery of the health systems in the affected countries and also on the research level, because we have to be sure that in next cases we will be ready- the international community, the scientific community - to face in a more effective way this kind of threat.
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