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Despite UN claims, Ebola relief efforts ‘dangerously’ uncoordinated

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By George Russell

EXCLUSIVE: As United Nations coordinators are claiming success in getting a handle on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the medical organization that first sounded an alarm about the epidemic warns that the response is ragged, many areas are not getting help, and U.N. coordinating efforts are not having much impact.


“We have little concrete evidence of UNMEER’s work making a tangible difference,” an official of Doctors Without Borders, the front-line medical emergency organization, told Fox News.


He was referring to the United Nations Emergency Mission for Ebola Response, the first-ever U.N. emergency health mission, mounted with much fanfare by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in September. It involves more than 280 U.N. coordinating personnel and a $50 million budget to support them through the end of this year alone.


UNMEER was formed with the mandate to coordinate the billion-dollar local and international effort aimed primarily at stopping Ebola’s spread in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and neighboring countries, and, on December 1, its top leaders publicly claimed a dramatic measure of success.


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