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EU boosts anti-Ebola aid after Commissioners' mission to worst-hit countries

EU News 463/2014

Brussels, 17 November 2014

The European Union is continuing to scale up its response to the Ebola epidemic as its Coordinator for the emergency, Commissioner Christos Stylianides together with Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health, return from a four-day mission to the affected countries.

New funding of €29 million will be made available by the European Commission:

€17 million for transporting vital aid supplies and equipment to the affected countries, evacuation of infected international aid workers to hospitals in Europe and training and deploying health workers to the ground. Money will also reinforce local health facilities.
€12 million in assistance to the neighbours of the affected countries, to help them prepare for the risk of an Ebola outbreak through early detection and public awareness measures.

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File Photo: Vytenis Andriukaitis on the right and Christos Stylianides. Date: 13/11/2014 Reference: P-026649/00-05 Location: Freetown (C)EU, 2014 URL