EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa
EU News 330/2014
Brussels, 30 July 2014
The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.
The additional EU funding will help contain the spread of the epidemic and provide immediate healthcare to the affected communities. The EU's support will be channelled through partner organisations:
• The World Health Organisation (WHO) which is providing equipment and advice to the ministries of health as well as coordination and the epidemiological surveillance;
• Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which is supporting the clinical management of cases including the isolation of patients and psychosocial support and the tracing of suspected cases;
• The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent which is supporting the National Red Cross societies to promote community awareness and preventative hygiene measures and providing safe burial of Ebola victims.
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