Ebola: UN to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response

(Photo - Al Jazeera)27 October 2014 - The United Nations concluded a meeting on strengthening the international community's support to efforts by the Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa, on tackling the crisis.

The United Nations and Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa have agreed to ensure that the UN system adopts a coordinated approach to global support being mobilized for national-level crisis response plans.

The meeting in Accra was attended by the Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General, Susana Malcorra; the Director General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan; and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Etharin Cousin.

Also present were the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro and UNMEER chief, Mr. Banbury.

Among the other participants were senior officials from UN agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from international partners such as the World Bank, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United Kingdom Department for International Development

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York late last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the resilience of West Africa's people and governments but underscored that “they have asked for our help…we need to turn pledges into action. We need more doctors, nurses, equipment, treatment centres and medevac capacities.”

Mr. Banbury will return to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone next week to further consult with their leaders on the way forward and to brief them on the operational plans produced in the meetings that were concluded earlier today.

The Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – each of which has the final decision on the overall approach and strategy for dealing with Ebola in their respective countries – have national response plans in place and have been responding to the crisis for many months.

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Prepared by: Karolina Kaušylaitė