UN Ebola team leaders to visit West Africa starting Monday

December 31, 2014 GMT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Ebola chief will be taking the new head of the U.N.’s mission to fight the deadly disease on a tour of the most affected countries in West Africa starting Monday.

Dr. David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola, and Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the new head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, will first visit Ghana’s capital, Accra, where the U.N. operation known as UNMEER is headquartered.

The U.N. said Wednesday they will then travel to hardest-hit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali until Jan. 13 to introduce Ahmed to key players in the fight against Ebola including government and local leaders.


Ahmed is taking over from Anthony Banbury, who led UNMEER for its first three months and has returned to U.N. headquarters.