MALI / EBOLA FREE

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The Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, visited Mali as the country surpasses the 42 day mark since the last case of the deadly disease was reported in the country. UNMEER
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STORY: MALI / EBOLA FREE
TRT: 2.21
SOURCE: UNMEER
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2014, BAMAKO, MALI
SHOTLIST
1. Pan right, Special Representative of the the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed descends from airplane and is greeted by Assistant Director General of the WHO, Dr. Bruce Aylward
2. Pan right, government ministries buildings
3. Pan right, delegation walking through ministries complex
4. Wide shot, delegation meeting with Prime Mister Modibo Keita
5. Med shot, Prime Minister Keita
6. Med shot, Keita, Aylward and Ahmed
7. Med shot, Ahmed
8. Med shot, Ahmed and Keita
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
“We have come with a message of congratulations. We have come with a message of vigilance, and together with my colleague the Assistant Director General of the WHO, we have come to say bravo but remain vigilant.”
10. Med shot, Ahmed and Keita
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
‘We have a two-track job ahead of us. First as it regards the borders, we have to work to reinforce cross-border transmission surveillance and second is the reconstruction of the health care system. We want to transform this crisis into an opportunity.”
12. Med shot, delegation walking
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
“There is no doubt that the national leadership, the national capacity, the Ministry of Health, the different partners including UNMEER, have done an extraordinary level of mobilization; have been able to achieve that over 42 days we did not have any new case emerging. Having said that, the message to the Malians will be lets be vigilant, let’s remember that the populations, the communities don’t know the border, and therefore the next challenge we have in Mali, as we had in Senegal, and we still have, or Nigeria, or other that have also succeeded on isolating the few cases coming to them and really getting an extraordinary effort of national mobilization and response. But, be careful, until we have zero cases in all West Africa, a case can still emerge here or there.”
14. Pan right, Ebola Treatment Centre were last cases were treated
STORYLINE
The Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today (21 Jan) visited Mali as the country surpasses the 42 day mark since the last case of the deadly disease was reported in the country.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed, accompanied by Dr. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited Prime Minister Modibo Keita, conveying a message of congratulations and vigilance.

SOUNDBITE (French) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
“We have come with a message of congratulations. We have come with a message of vigilance, and together with my colleague the Assistant Director General of the WHO, we have come to say bravo but remain vigilant.”

Talking to reporters, the UN official spoke of the challenges ahead, including crossborder transmission and making the health care system stronger.

SOUNDBITE (French) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
‘We have a two-track job ahead of us. First as it regards the borders, we have to work to reinforce cross-border transmission surveillance and second is the reconstruction of the health care system. We want to transform this crisis into an opportunity.”

Speaking aboard the airplane that transported him to Bamako, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, reiterated his message of vigilance and stressed that until there are zero Ebola cases in the region the fight will not be over.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, SRSG and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER):
“There is no doubt that the national leadership, the national capacity, the Ministry of Health, the different partners including UNMEER, have done an extraordinary level of mobilization; have been able to achieve that over 42 days we did not have any new case emerging. Having said that, the message to the Malians will be lets be vigilant, let’s remember that the populations, the communities don’t know the border, and therefore the next challenge we have in Mali, as we had in Senegal, and we still have, or Nigeria, or other that have also succeeded on isolating the few cases coming to them and really getting an extraordinary effort of national mobilization and response. But, be careful, until we have zero cases in all West Africa, a case can still emerge here or there.”

The 42 day mark was surpassed on Sunday (18 January). According to the WHO, there were 8 confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali since October.
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