17 Apr 2015
“Last mile” of Ebola “marathon” may be most difficult
The “last mile” of what’s been described by the UN Secretary-General as the Ebola disease “marathon” may be the most difficult.
Speaking in Washington DC, Ban Ki-moon said it was crucial to strengthen surveillance, contact tracing and community engagement to ensure the deadly virus did not spread again.
The UN says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is under control following the death of over 10,000 people during the last year.
UNICEF concerned about transfer of children to Cambodia
A decision by the governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru for settlement in Cambodia has raised concern at the UN Children’s Fund.
UNICEF said it is worried about the protection of the rights of the children.
It emphasized that the best interests of the child are always a primary consideration.
Camp for displaced people set to close in Central African Republic
A camp for people displaced by sectarian violence in the Central African Republic is set to close by the end of May.
The Mpoko airport site in the capital, Bangui, currently hosts around 18,300 people.
At the peak of the crisis last year, it provided shelter to some 100,000 displaced Central Africans.
The UN humanitarian office, OCHA, says there are still around 436,000 people who are unable to return home.
Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.