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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed appointed as the new head of the UNMEER

Dec 12, 2014 16:02 IST

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania was on 11 December 2014 appointed as the new head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). His appointment was confirmed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ahmed will succeed American Anthony Banbury in January 2015.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

• Ahmed is currently deputy special representative of the UN chief and deputy head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
• He served as United Nations resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative in Syria (2008-2012) and Yemen (2012- 2014).
• Ahmed has also held several positions with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Background
UNMEER was established in September 2015 to coordinate efforts to combat the world's worst outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Ebola outbreak has till now killed 6533 people in the three West African countries- Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It has infected around 18118 people.

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