The United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has appointed David Nabarro of the United Kingdom as his Special Envoy for Ebola, and Anthony Banbury as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Missions for Ebola response, UNMEER.
The appointments followed a unanimous adoption of Security Council resolution 2177 (2014) on the Ebola outbreak and consultations with Margaret Chan, the Director- General of World Health Organisation.
While Mr. Nabarro brings more than 39 years public health, nutrition and development work experience at country, regional and global levels, Mr. Banbury brings 25 years of experience in political peacekeeping and emergency management roles across several different regions and organizations.
Mr. Nabarro, in his capacity, is expected to provide strategic and policy direction for a greatly enhanced international response and galvanize essential support for affected communities and countries.
The African continent has been worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, with Nigeria successfully containing the disease.
According to a release by the United Nation’s department of public information, under Mr. Nabarro’s leadership, the UNMEER will provide the operational framework and unity of purpose to ensure the rapid effective and coherent action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak to treat the infected, ensure essential services, reserve stability as well as prevent the spread of the disease to other countries currently unaffected.
Messrs. Nabarro and Banbury will therefore work closely in support of the governments in the region and other partners in pursuit of the set objectives.
Meanwhile Mr. Ki-Moon has convened a high level meeting on the response to the EVD outbreak. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday September 25.
The meeting is expected to bring together global leaders to focus international attention on combating the disease.
Affected countries will be represented by the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde as well as Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , who will join via tele-conference .
Sierra Leone and Liberia are two of the countries worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease.