Since the UN Ebola mission was set up in September, the hope that its work would be over within 60 - 90 days has faded. The goal is now zero cases, however long it takes. The new head of the mission will be an African.
Deutsche Welle, 30 Dec 2014
|UNMEER was created in September 2014 following criticism from non-governmental|
organizations that not enough was being done to fight the Ebola outbreak
The incumbent head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Anthony Banbury told DW their chief task when the mission was created was to "identify everything that was required to bring this multifaceted crisis to an end."
At the mission's headquarters in Accra, Ghana, a staff of 30 coordinate efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.
Their initial analysis revealed that trained medical workers were the chief priority - and the hardest to obtain.
"It's difficult to get them in the numbers we need," Banbury said.
|Anthony Banbury (2nd from the left) arrives at Foya in Lofa County, Liberia,|
in October 2014 while on a fact-finding tour of the three worst hit countries
UNMEER has been working with governments and the private sector to bring the disease under control. Spokesperson Fatimata Lejeune describes progress as steady but unremarkable. She said a worrying number of people were infected with the disease and too many people had already died from it. Nonetheless "the rate of transmission has gone down in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least in the worst affected areas of each of the countries we are seeing fewer cases," she said.
'Quickest UN deployment'
As well as a staff of 30 in Accra, UNMEER has a further 118 deployed in its offices in those three countries hit hardest by the virus. Lejeune said their clear objective was zero cases of new infection.
"It's the only way Ebola can be fought. Even if there is one case left, it's a danger, it's a risk for people in the community" she said.
Shortly after the Ebola crisis first erupted in March 2014, there was criticism of international organizations for failing to respond to it fast enough. But Anthony Banbury appears to have gone some way towards assuaging the critics. Ghanaian President Johan Mahama commended him with the words: "It has been the quickest UN deployment I have ever seen."
New African UNMEER head
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, a Mauritanian national, succeeds Banbury as head of UNMEER in January. He is currently serving as the number two at the UN mission in Libya and has worked for various UN development and humanitarian agencies in Syria, Yemen, Kenya and Georgia.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed's appointment was announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in mid-December.
Figures released by the World Health Organization on December 24, 2014 said that the Ebola death toll had risen to 7,588 and the number of confirmed cases of infection stood at 19,497.
The Ebola virus spreads through contact with an infected person or corpse. Family members who care for patients or people who prepare victims for burial are at risk.
“ .. The Role of Gaia in Human Consciousness
One of those times might be frightening for you to know about, since it was a full cooperation with Gaia for your termination, and a pandemic almost wiped humanity off the map. A pandemic! Now, you say, "What has that got to do with Human consciousness, Kryon?" Pay attention, dear ones, because this is the day where the teaching was given by my partner, and he put together the Nine Human Attributes. One of the attribute sets included three Gaia attributes and one of them was the consciousness of the planet. Gaia is related to Human consciousness!
Are you starting to connect the dots? You are connected to this planet in a profound and spiritual way. As goes humanity goes the planet's consciousness. Gaia, Mother Nature, whatever you want to call it, cooperates with Human consciousness. If you spend 1,000 years killing each other, then Gaia will do its best to cooperate with your desires! Gaia will look at Human consciousness and try to help with what you have shown you like to do! Did you know this role of Gaia with you? It's a partner with you, fast tracking what you give to it. You may wish to review what the indigenous of the planet still understand. Gaia is a partner!
Pandemic: Don't you find it odd that in the last 50 years, when you have a population of seven billion Human Beings, with up to 2,000 airplanes in the air at any given moment, going between almost every conceivable place, that there has not been a pandemic in your lifetime? There have been five starts of potential pandemics over the last 20 years, yet none became serious. Did any of you put this together? Dear ones, when the world was far less populated a few hundred years ago, with no mass travel to spread a virus, there were still millions wiped out by a pandemic. With the increased population and mass travel, there is far more danger today than before. It doesn't make sense, does it? What happened to stop it?
When you know humanity's relationship to Gaia, it makes sense. Gaia is a life-force that is your partner, watching you change the balance of light and dark and reflecting what Humans want. It has polarity, too! Perhaps it's time to start your meditations with thanking your planet Earth for supporting you in the spirituality of your Akash, for always being with you, a life-force that is always present. The ancients started their ceremonies in that way. Have you forgotten?
Now, I've just set the stage for the next subject, haven't I? Ebola. Are you afraid yet? Gaia is a life-force that is a part of Human consciousness. My partner put it on the screen today so you could see the connections [during the lecture series]. Now it's time to connect the dots. Dear one, Gaia is in the battle, too, for here comes something scary that you haven't had in your lifetime and you're afraid of it - the potential of a pandemic on the planet.
There's a very famous film that has some dialogue that my partner will quote. Some of you will know it and some of you won't, but here it is: "Have a little fire, scarecrow?" What are you afraid of? Darkness? Gaia is in the battle with you and is actively pursuing solutions through light. The energy of the planet is with you in this fight! The ebola virus is a shock and a surprise. It is propelled by ignorance and fear, so it can flourish. Look at where it started and look at how it gets its ability to continue. It expands its fear and power easily with those who believe it's a curse instead of those who understand the science.
Villages are filled with those who refuse to leave their family members because they believe the disease is a curse! FEAR! Instead of understanding that they should be in isolation from the virus, the family dies together through ignorance and fear. This represents how darkness works. Are you going to become afraid also? Dear ones, ebola will be conquered. Know this and be at peace. Pray for light for those in the villages who are afraid, that they can know more about how to keep the spread of this disease and live to see their families. .”