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Liberia again declared free of Ebola transmission as number of cases remains stable in wider West Africa

03 September 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and as the country enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, the number of cases in the rest of West Africa remained stable at three for the fifth consecutive week.


Security Council adjusts Liberia sanctions; ends travel ban, keeps arms embargo in place

02 September 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today renewed an arms embargo on non-State actors in Liberia for nine months while terminating other sanctions on the country, including a travel ban and asset freeze on those deemed a danger to its stability.


Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission – UN health agency

26 August 2015 – Sierra Leone today began its countdown to be declared by the World Health Organization as free of Ebola virus transmission as the West African nation’s President described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as “the beginning of the end of Ebola.”


Ebola response panel studying ways to enforce compliance with key UN legal health instrument

26 August 2015 – A special United Nations international panel reviewing the role of existing international health regulations in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is studying the use of possible sanctions and other mechanisms to ensure better compliance with what it described as “a very important legal instrument in order to improve the global health security.”


Ebola aftermath is ‘best chance’ to transform future epidemic response – UN health agency

24 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that infectious diseases have become “a much larger menace” under the unique conditions of the 21st century with its unprecedented global travel volume of nearly 100,000 flights carrying 8.6 million passengers every day.


No new Ebola cases reported in Sierra Leone in past week for first time since outbreak – UN

17 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that no new Ebola cases were reported during the most recent reporting period in Sierra Leone for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa, thanks to strong community involvement and the thorough work of rapid response teams.


At Security Council, top UN health officials spotlight role of emergency preparedness in Ebola fight

13 August 2015 – The deadly Ebola outbreak which ravaged West Africa for more than a year has demonstrated the increasing importance of emergency preparedness both in Africa and across the world, said two senior United Nations health officials who noted that if the current intense focus on case detection and contact tracing is maintained, the virus could be “soundly defeated” by year's end.


Secretary-General appoints seasoned Afghan diplomat as UN Special Representative for Liberia

12 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Farid Zarif, of Afghanistan, as his Special Representative for Liberia and head of the United Nations Mission there, known as UNMIL.


Stringent hygiene protocols keep classrooms in West Africa free of Ebola, other infections – UNICEF

12 August 2015 – United Nations-supported measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus have helped keep classrooms free from any infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Ebola: UN emergency response mission winds down as WHO announces possible ‘game changer’ vaccine

31 July 2015 – Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to be highly effective and could be a “game changer.”