UN / EBOLA UPDATE

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A United Nations Spokesperson said the UN is “stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and announced that David Gressly has been appointed as the UN’s Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Aerial shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations is stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic, which is now in its tenth month in the country and has claimed more than 1,200 lives. The Secretary-General has set up a strengthened coordination and support mechanism at the epidemic’s epicentre in Butemba, with the deputy head of the UN Mission, David Gressly, having been appointed as the UN’s Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator. Mr. Gressly noted that responders to Ebola are working in an environment of unprecedented complexity for a public health emergency, with insecurity and political protests having led to disruptions in the efforts to fight the disease. Mr. Gressly will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and work to ensure that an enabling environment—particularly in terms of security and political issues—is in place to allow the Ebola response to be even more effective. He will work closely with the World Health Organization, which will continue to lead all health operations and technical support activities with the Government.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
7. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away

STORYLINE:

A United Nations Spokesperson today (23 May) said the UN is “stepping up its response to the Ebola epidemic” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and announced that David Gressly has been appointed as the UN’s Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator.

The Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters that Secretary-General António Guterres “has set up a strengthened coordination and support mechanism at the epidemic’s epicentre in Butemba.”

Dujarric said that Gressly, who is the deputy head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) noted that “responders to Ebola are working in an environment of unprecedented complexity for a public health emergency, with insecurity and political protests having led to disruptions in the efforts to fight the disease.”

He said Gressly “will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and work to ensure that an enabling environment—particularly in terms of security and political issues—is in place to allow the Ebola response to be even more effective.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to lead all health operations and technical support activities with the Government.

The epidemic in its tenth month in the country and has claimed more than 1,200 lives.
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