UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 23 January 2015

from UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response
Published on 23 Jan 2015 View Original


  • Davos panel underscores need to guard against complacency in global response to EVD

  • US Ambassador to Liberia hands over primary healthcare centre in Bakedu

  • Response partners continue support to Liberia’s plan to open schools next month

Key Political and Economic Developments

  1. In Davos, Switzerland, a panel discussion on ‘Confronting the Challenge of Catastrophic Outbreaks:
    What critical lessons can be learned from the 2014 Ebola outbreak to prepare us for the future?’ was held on 22 January. Moderating the talks, Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, characterized the EVD outbreak in West Africa as a black swan event. The panel which included President Alpha Condé of Guinea and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan underscored the need to guard against complacency and donor fatigue, until we get to zero transmission as well as build resilient public health care systems and infrastructure to better cope with future outbreaks and endemic diseases.