UN Ebola mission officially ends

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The World Health Organization (WHO) will now spearhead the response to Ebola. Photo: WHO/P. Haughton

A United Nations operation to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has completed its objectives, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced the official end of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

The World Health Organization (WHO) will now spearhead the organization's response to the virus, which has killed more than 11,000 people since March 2014.

Dianne Penn reports.

UNMEER was established to fight the Ebola disease across West Africa.

The most badly affected countries were Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The UN operation complemented the work of governments and partners across the region to stop the outbreak, treat the infected and ensure the provision of essential services.

Its activities included case management, community engagement and mobilization, and safe and dignified burials for those who died from Ebola.

The Secretary-General said the UN remains committed to supporting the countries as they work to reach zero cases.

He noted that while considerable progress has been made, the crisis is not over.

Mr Ban encouraged sustained financial and political support to end the outbreak.

A high-level conference at UN Headquarters in New York last month ended with more than US $5 billion in pledges to assist the three affected countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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