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and addressing the structural vulnerabilities that allowed Ebola to take hold in the first place will help to ensure that such a crisis will never happen again. Finally, the strategic engagement of the UN System in the Ebola response has enhanced its relevance in the region. UN agencies should work with national and regional institutions to strengthen coordination mechanisms for recovery. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for each country in the region should be concerned with strengthening the capacity of health services to cope with future epidemics without compromising the fight against other priority diseases, ensuring the provision of quality care, and providing well-targeted and effective social protection mechanisms that could accelerate recovery. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye Joséphine Odera Mr. Benoit Kalasa Vincent Martin UNDP Regional Director for UNWOMEN Regional Director UNFPA Regional Director FAO Resident Representative Africa and Chair, Regional for Senegal & Head of UNDG-WCA Regional Office for Resilience, Urgency and Rehabilitation SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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x Acknowledgements This report is a collective contribution to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) response by the various UN agencies that make up of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) for West and Central Africa (WCA). The report is distinctive because it is the first to assess the socio-economic impact of EVD on each of the 15 West African countries and offers a regional approach to the pandemic’s containment, recovery and preventive measures. It was prepared under the strategic guidance of the UNDP Regional Director for Africa and the Chair, UNDG-WCA, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye. The leadership support from Joséphine Odera (UN Women Regional Director), Benoit Kalasa (UNFPA Regional Director), Vincent Martin (FAO Resident Representative for Senegal and Head of Regional Office for Resilience, Urgency and Rehabilitation) and Ruby Sandhu-Rojon (UNDP Deputy Regional Director). This report was prepared by a core team led by Ayodele Odusola, Chief Economist and Head, Strategy and Analysis Team at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, who ensured strategic and policy coherence of the issues raised in the report. The technical support from Gaston Gohou, Souleymane Sadio Diallo and Damien Echevin, who explored the macro- and socio-economic aspect of the report, and Julien Gavelle, who undertook the survey in Guinea and provided inputs on the anthropological dimension of the report is well acknowledged. Thanks are due to Mensah Aluka (Regional Coordination Specialist), who facilitated coordination with the various UN agencies and linkages with some consultants. The smooth facilitation provided by Caroline Mwende Mueke (Special Advisor to the UNDP Regional Director) is also appreciated. The operational support provided by Luc Gnonlonfoun (UNDP Operations Manager, Senegal) and his team is deeply appreciated. The technical inputs and
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