Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks – NPR

October 16, 2014

Africa, Health

For many years, Firestone was an example of a corporate body out to just exploit Liberia of its resources without putting anything back. A lone road linked the poverty-stricken West African country from the airport to the Firestone Plantation.

Today, its efforts at keeping ebola at bay for its 80,000 residents of Harbel, its company town, is an example of corporate responsibility.

This NPR story is worth sharing:

Today, Firestone workers and their families make up a community of 80,000 people across the plantation. TOLA:

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee’s wife arrived from northern Liberia. She’d been caring for a disease-stricken woman and was herself diagnosed with the disease. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay. It built its own treatment center and set up a comprehensive response that’s managed to quickly stop transmission. Dr. Brendan Flannery, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team in Liberia, has hailed Firestone’s efforts as resourceful, innovative and effective.

Currently the only Ebola cases on the sprawling, 185-square-mile plantation are in patients who come from neighboring towns.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014. 10:25 a.m. [GMT]

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2 Comments on “Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks – NPR”

  1. Says:

    It has been like that way back to the time of Tubman . The largest rubber plantation in Africa yet they do not manufacture tyre there. A real exploitation, indeed



    • emotanglobal Says:

      Dear Doctor,

      Thanks for this which is backed by your years of personal experience in Liberia. When I saw the story, I remembered the dismal record of Firestone as a corporate body that showed lack of responsibility for a country that – so to say – laid the golden egg of its production. There was reportedly a single paved road in the whole of the country and it started from the then Robertsfield Airport and went all the way to the plantation! Tolbert, Tubman and other Americo-Liberians who ruled the country saw Liberia as descendants of settled free slaves and cared little for the well-being of the country as long as they could live lives of affluence. This, of course, eventually led to Sergeant Doe’s brutal rule, including Tubman’s murder.

      Now that Firestone seems to be showing corporate responsibility, I think that, too, should be shared. The last time I was in Liberia is during the rule of Tubman in 1975 and do not know how Monrovia looks now but in 1975, its appearance was worse than a District Headquarters like, say, Akure, Ilaro or other such Nigerian towns which isn’t saying much. The effort to keep ebola at bay in the 80,000 community is praiseworthy.

      My regards,



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