U.N. Officials Discuss Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on U.N. officials’ statements on responses to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola work progressing but key goals may not be met: U.N. envoy
“Progress is being made to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the head of the United Nations mission said on Monday, but indicated key goals may not be met and more help was needed. Anthony Banbury said personnel from the U.N. Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) were already working alongside the U.S. military in Liberia and British troops in Sierra Leone. But he added that the operation may miss its goal of deploying all its material into the Ebola-stricken region within 30 days…” (10/13).

U.N. News Centre: Strong community engagement, activism key to defeating Ebola in West Africa — U.N. official
“Community engagement and activism are critical in Sierra Leone’s ongoing battle against the spread of Ebola, [Magdy Martínez-Solimán, director of policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said Monday], adding that only with the support of the local population could the country and the wider region of West Africa defeat the economic and health crises caused by the deadly virus…” (10/13).