On October 8, the United Nations appointed three Ebola Crisis Managers for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
According to Xinhuanet, the three managers were announced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The managers are “Marcel Rudasingwa of Rhwanda as Ebola crisis manager for Guinea, Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as Manager for Liberia, and Amadu Kamara of the United States as Manager for Sierra Leone.
The Crisis Managers will work with their “host Government”–together with “key stakeholders”–to ensure “a rapid and effective international response to the Ebola crisis within their respective country.
The Ebola virus–known for now to be contracted via the bodily fluids of an infected person–“has spread rapidly across West Africa since early cases were detected in March.”
As of October 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 8011 cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Seirra Leone combined. The total number of deaths as of October 5 were 3,857. The CDC estimates that “without additional interventions or changes in community behavior…there will be a total of approximately 550,000 Ebola cases in Libera and Sierra Leone or 1.4 million [cases] if corrections for underreporting are made.”
Part of the UN’s Ebola Crisis Manager mission is to provide the additional interventions and encourage the community changes that could stave off the continued spread of the outbreak.
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