Hardest phase of Ebola response is now, says UN chief

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The temperature of a resident is checked. in Liberia. Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

The world is facing the hardest phase of the Ebola response, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was on Tuesday in the Belgian capital, Brussels, attending an international Ebola conference organized by the European Union and its key partners.

The virus has killed more than 9,700 people in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the three worst affected countries.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

The main objective of the conference in Brussels, as described by the UN Mission for Ebola Response based in Ghana, was to maintain global attention to the Ebola crisis.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined a number of high level UN officials who attended the conference.

UN spokesperson Vanina Maestracci shared the UN chief's message.

"He said that the phase 2 of the response – where we are now – is the hardest part and a bumpy road. He added that all must remain fully engaged until the task is completed, especially as the virus is moving and as some communities are reticent about being engaged in the response."

Meanwhile, the UN Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro stressed that the 22 million people living in the affected countries need to be able to access services that enable them to stay healthy.

He added that a gap of around US$900 million remains to fund the response in the next six months.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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