UNITED NATIONS/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has wrapped up his visits to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to drum up international support in tackling the deadly crisis, it was announced Monday.
Over the past week, UNMEER chief, Anthony Banbury, met with the Presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and, on Friday, Liberia, in a series of consultations focusing on how an operational framework for international efforts could be “adapted and implemented to best support the ongoing national responses,” the mission said in a statement.
In addition to his consultations with the leaders, he also engaged in a series of meetings with national and international partners and visits to health facilities under construction to hear and see first-hand how efforts to stop the Ebola virus are progressing.
Developed in a recent high-level meeting of senior UN officials and external stakeholders from the World Bank, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the UN operational framework was designed to provide a UN response specific to the needs of each country while maintaining the centrality of national ownership. 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. Those Governments provided input and direction on the operational framework.
The US military was isolating personnel returning from their mission to help West African countries curb Ebola even though they showed no sign of infection and a nurse who treated patients was being allowed to go to her home state after New Jersey forced her into quarantine.The decision by the Pentagon goes well beyond previously established military protocols and came just as the White House pushed to roll back steps by U.S. states to quarantine healthcare workers returning from the three countries at the center of the Ebola epidemic even if they were asymptomatic.The U.S. Army has already isolated about a dozen soldiers at part of a U.S. military base in Vicenza, Italy, including Major General Darryl Williams, who oversaw the military’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.