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U.N. Ebola Leaders Speak Out On West African Epidemic Response

News outlets summarize comments made recently by the U.N.’s leaders on Ebola.

Agence France-Presse: New U.N. Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis
“The new head of the U.N. Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide…” (Stein, 9/30).

Deutsche Welle: U.N. Ebola chief vows swift progress in fighting outbreak
“The U.N. Ebola mission head, Tony Banbury, told reporters on Tuesday that swift action would be taken in combating the Ebola crisis. ‘We don’t know how long it will take. We hope to do it as fast as possible and to close the UNMEER (U.N. Mission on Ebola Emergency Response) as quickly as possible,’ Banbury said, speaking at the headquarters of the United Nations mission in Accra, Ghana…” (9/30).

Devex: Where you fit in the ‘race against time’
“…So where does the Devex community of aid workers and organizations fit in? I spoke with David Nabarro, Ban’s special envoy on Ebola and the man leading the global effort on the ground, to get a clear answer. Nabarro, a British doctor who previously served as the U.N.’s point man on the bird flu crisis, told us that aid workers ready to travel to West Africa are desperately needed…” (Kumar, 9/30).

Reuters: U.N. Ebola mission head wants significant progress in 60 days
“The U.N. mission to combat Ebola wants to see significant progress in fighting the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head said on Tuesday…” (Bigg, 9/30).

Sydney Morning Herald: David Nabarro, the man leading the U.N.’s fight against Ebola, says it is worse than HIV and SARS
“…Speaking as he prepared to return to Europe and then West Africa from the General Assembly meetings, Dr. Nabarro says in his calm and measured British tones that this Ebola outbreak scares him more than anything he has seen in a lifetime spent leading international responses to disasters and epidemics…” (O’Malley, 10/1).

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