Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed directly to President Obama for help in combatting the Ebola epidemic in her country.
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“I am being honest with you when I say that at this rate, we will never break the transmission chain and the virus will overwhelm us,” Johnson Sirleaf wrote in a letter to Obama on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

She requested that the U.S. provide 1,500 more beds in new hospitals across Liberia and asked for the U.S. to oversee operations at an Ebola hospital in her nation’s capital of Monrovia.