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Evolution of the Ebola response

Ebola in west Africa: looking back, moving forward

This week marks 6 months since WHO was notified of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea. This outbreak has since evolved into the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in the history of the disease. The 3 most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – face enormous challenges in stopping transmission and providing care for all patients. This series of essays reflects on the evolution of this unprecedented outbreak – the multiple challenges, small successes and despairing setbacks.

Monitoring universal health coverage: a new PLOS Medicine Collection

22 September 2014 -- A new collection published in PLOS Medicine featuring reviews and country cases studies on the monitoring of progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) was launched at United Nations General Assembly. The articles in this collection provide technical details and country level experience about the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of UHC.

WHO welcomes decision to establish United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response

19 September 2014 -- Nearly 6 months after the first reported case of Ebola in west Africa, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council have approved resolutions creating the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to contain the ongoing outbreak, bringing together the vast resources of the UN agencies, funds and programmes.

WHO Director-General addresses UN Security Council on Ebola

18 September 2014 -- Dr Margaret Chan welcomed the White House announcement of a major ramp-up in support of containing the Ebola outbreak in parts of west Africa. In the hardest-hit countries, the outbreak threatens to push governments to the brink of state failure. She announced a joint WHO/UN initiative to address the crisis, which has unprecedented humanitarian, political, economic, and security dimensions.



Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.

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