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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Ban Ki-moon calls for coordinated global response to Ebola outbreak

 

Ban Ki-moon seeks coordinated, global response to Ebola outbreak | Quote of the Day | Excerpts from UN Dispatch
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August 13, 2014
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Ban Ki-moon seeks coordinated, global response to Ebola outbreak
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the world to send medical resources to fight Ebola in western Africa, where more than 1,000 people have died of the disease. Separately, Jeffrey Sachs, UN special adviser to the secretary-general on the Millennium Development Goals, writes that donor countries should supply World Health Organization and Global Fund funding to fight this outbreak, as well as to prevent, treat and track outbreaks of all diseases that have the potential to become pandemics. The Associated Press (8/12), Project-Syndicate.org (Prague) (8/11)
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