Jan. 14 marked the second anniversary of the Ebola outbreak, which devastated the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
West African countries are still on high alert, and nations around the world have been training their military and medical teams to help prevent another large-scale outbreak.
United Nations (UN) Secretary Ban Ki-moon believes that the unilateral work from all countries involved has helped end the outbreak.
“These achievements could not have happened without the decisive leadership of the presidents and other national authorities of the three affected countries and the engagement of all communities,” he said to the General Assembly in New York on Jan. 13.
Flare-ups of the infection are expected over the course of the next year, but they should decrease with time. Ki-moon believes that with continued unilateral support, these can also be stopped.
“Liberia’s experience in combating two flare-ups has shown the resilience and capacity of the affected countries to reactivate emergency response mechanisms and contain the virus,” he said. “But, we also expect the potential and frequency of those flare-ups to decrease over time.”