The first-ever UN emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) was set up in response to the unprecedented outbreak. The Mission is temporary and responds to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola, which has been reported in more than 25,516 people and killed 10,573 as of 7 April 2015, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
2014 was a challenging year. Ukraine, Syria, and the Middle East faced ongoing turmoil, while the Ebola Crisis exploded into a global public health crisis and the UN launched its first health-focused mission. UN Peacekeepers continued their work despite facing severe challenges and loss throughout the year. Meanwhile, positive steps were made on climate action, the UN hero Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize and human rights issues were given significant attention.