Ebola Survivors’ Welfare Top Priority, U.N. Envoy Says; Côte d’Ivoire Disallowing Return Of Refugees Who Fled To Liberia

Associated Press: U.N. Ebola chief says priority now is helping 15,000 survivors
“The United Nations Ebola chief said Wednesday his top priority now that the deadly Ebola epidemic appears to be nearing an end is helping more than 15,000 survivors who need medical and psychological support…” (Lederer, 11/18).

U.N. News Centre: Ensuring 15,000 survivors have support they need is ‘my priority number one’ — U.N. envoy on Ebola
“…Saying ‘they have a tough time’ because ‘they’re distressed’ and ‘not trusted,’ as well as being ‘a subject of a lot of stigma,’ [U.N. Special Envoy on Ebola David] Nabarro said he wants to be sure that every person who survived Ebola can access a comprehensive package of care that helps them, and that help their communities…” (11/18).

IRIN: Living in an Ebola limbo: how long must refugees wait?
“…It’s a pertinent question for 38,000 Ivorians who initially fled political violence in 2010 to Liberia, but whose return home is now being blocked by their own government’s fears of the Ebola virus. This is despite the fact that Liberia was declared Ebola-free on 3 September, almost two and a half months ago. The World Health Organization’s answer is, essentially: no time at all…” (Collins, 11/16).

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