Major global political and economic organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, the United States and the World Health Organization, were constrained to admit that the Ebola Virus Disease, which ravaged the Mano River Union (MRU) killing thousands of people, caught the world unawares and unprepared.
This led to devastating effects on the worst affected countries–Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone–whose economies were shattered, social cohesion broken and national securities under severe risks with its rapid and for a period uncontrollable spread. The outbreak became a global threat with WHO belatedly announcing a global health emergency.
In this connection, the world governing bodies, led by the UN, have begun preparing to ensure that the world does not witness an epidemic of such nature again. In furtherance of this, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a High-Level Panel on Lessons Learned. The HLP is being chaired by the Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete. The UN boss said the establishment of the panel is in order to avoid having to face such an emergency as Ebola again.
Mr. Moon said, “As we look forward, I call on the international community to support the recovery and peace-building efforts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development