Globe trotting President Robert Mugabe has now arrived in New York to attend an Ebola conference.

He is accompanied by his wife and his usual large entourage of people. New York is a plum destination and hangers on compete for seats on the plane. Grace who does not want to travel with her aged husband around Africa was never going to miss a shopping trip to New York.

Mugabe was met at the John F Kennedy International Airport by Zimbabwe's Permanent  Representative to the UN, Ambassador Frederick Shava, officials from the UN headquarters and staff members from the Zimbabwe Embassy offices in the US. From the airport, Cde Mugabe and his delegation went into a briefing with Ambassador Shava at the Zimbabwe Embassy offices.

Cde Mugabe was invited by the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon,  as leader of the African continent,  to attend a high level International Ebola Recovery Conference to be held at the UN headquarters.

Heads of state from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three most affected countries, have also been invited to the two-day conference,  where the AU, the UN as well as several monetary institutions are expected to deliberate and come up with a recovery road map to assist the affected countries.

The Ebola haemorrhagic disease has a very high fatality rate such that countries that were affected by the deadly epidemic diverted resources from other sectors and channeled them towards the fight against the disease.

The International Ebola Recovery Conference is therefore expected to deliberate on how affected countries in particular and the West African region in general,  can be supported financially as well as technically for them to be able to overcome the socio economic burden emanating from the effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which is the largest in history.

At the peak of the epidemic in 2014, the AU launched several continental efforts to respond and fight the disease.

Funds raised under the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust and resources mobilised under the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa have gone a long way in helping affected countries to curb the further spread of the disease.

As a result,  Liberia has been declared Ebola free from the 9th of May 2015, while the situation in Guinea and Sierra Leone is also improving with strong projections that by next month, the two remaining countries will also be declared Ebola free.

A country is certified free of Ebola by the World Health Organisation (WHO) when it went for 42 days without registering a new case.

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