The meeting will also discuss ways that member countries of ALBA-TCP can aid countries affected by the Ebola outbreak that has been raging in West Africa since December. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the most lethal outbreak since the virus' discovery in 1976.
Also up for discussion is the fact that there have been three Ebola cases in the U.S. One Ebola patient was infected in Liberia and has since died, while two nurses who treated the individual are currently infected.
“I am here to share with the presidents and governments of ALBA PAHO’s technical cooperation and to ensure that countries are prepared for the possibility of an imported case of Ebola,” Etienne said as she arrived on Sunday.
WHO and PAHO have been working to inform countries and support their preparation to combat potential Ebola cases within Central and South America.