MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

U.N. Secretary-General Ban convenes world leader meeting to discuss Ebola response

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon convened a meeting of world leaders on Thursday in response to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

Ban called the meeting as recently released studies warned of an exponential increase in the amount of Ebola cases in coming weeks unless swift action is taken to combat the spread of the disease.

Participants in the meeting, either in person or by teleconference, included the presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries hit the hardest by the outbreak.

The WHO said on Tuesday that unless a more robust response to the outbreak is begun quickly, more than 20,000 people will have been infected by Ebola by early November. The projections, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, came six months after the WHO was first notified of the Ebola outbreak.

Ban also announced on Tuesday that he appointed David Nabarro as his special envoy for Ebola and Anthony Banbury as the special representative and head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. The appointments came after the recent adoption of General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the Ebola outbreak.

More than 5,800 people have contracted Ebola since the outbreak began earlier this year. More than 2,800 people have died so far, according to the World Health Organization.