U.N.’s Ban Says Progress Made Against Ebola But Coordinated Efforts Must Continue

News outlets report on the outcomes of a U.N. meeting involving Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of U.N. agencies.

The Hill: U.N. hopes to contain Ebola by mid-2015
“The leader of the United Nations is hopeful the Ebola outbreak could be contained by ‘the middle of next year,’ as the spread of the disease continues to slow. ‘Overall, we see that we are now able to see that our efforts are making differences,’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a press conference Friday after meeting with dozens of top agency officials…” (Ferris, 11/21).

Reuters: International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief
“…Ban said more trained medical teams are needed, especially in remote districts of countries in West Africa where more than 5,400 people have been killed by the virus. Ban said the coordinated efforts of country leaders and safer burial practices, combined with international support, are helping…” (Clarke, 11/21).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: Ban hopeful of outbreak’s end by mid-2015; U.N. to set up response office in Mali
“…At a press conference at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., after what he said were ‘in-depth’ discussions with the U.N. System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) on the joint U.N. response to counter the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Secretary-General said he had also asked the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to set up an office in Mali, where ‘the new chain of transmission … is a cause of deep concern’…” (11/21).

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