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The U.S. Department of State recently launched a new online audio series on the Ebola outbreak and efforts by the international community to help fight the virus and respond to the needs of those in the affected countries. The audio series features Q&As with key individuals leading the coordinated response. Our latest discussion is with Dr. David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola.
Dr. Nabarro was appointed the lead coordination strategist on Ebola by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2014. Dr. Nabarro recently traveled to Mali, West Africa and spoke to me about the status of the outbreak and the work of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
UNMEER, the first-ever UN emergency health mission, was set up in response to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. The Mission is temporary and is responding to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola. UNMEER works closely with governments and national structures in the affected countries, regional and international actors, such as the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and with Member States, the private sector and civil society.
In the interview, Dr. Nabarro also discussed improved response to new cases of Ebola and his hopes for the countries affected by the outbreak. “We will see this outbreak come to an end. We will see the countries stronger as a result of the Ebola effort, but in order to get there we will need sustained solidarity and commitment to support the people affected by Ebola.”
Nabarro is currently on travel with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The two UN officials are visiting the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak; Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.
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About the Author: Nasserie Carew serves as Senior Advisor and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.