Efforts to stop Ebola start to pay off

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Equipped with UNICEF-developed and Government-approved awareness materials, these girls go door-to-door in West Point, Monrovia, to educate their parents, family members and friends about Ebola and how it can be prevented. Photo: UNICEF/UNI171713/Griggers

There has been significant mobilization in West Africa of international personnel whose efforts are starting to pay off, according to the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

Anthony Banbury held a joint press conference with the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power in Accra, Ghana.

Ms Power was at UNMEER headquarters after visiting Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Mr Banbury said the picture they are seeing in the three countries most affected by Ebola is a very mixed one.

People are becoming infected and dying every day, he explained, but a lot of progress by governments, NGOs and UN agencies has been made.

The head of UNMEER added that three basic things are required to get the crisis under control.

He said they need people, especially trained medical personnel, as well as supplies and money.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 53″

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