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EU pledges €450 million to Ebola affected countries


Sierra Leone will receive €171.4 million, Liberia €121 million and Guinea €148.9 million. Another €8 million will be given to all countries affected by Ebola for multi-country projects. The support will help the countries' long term recovery, and will be spent on programmes in the area of healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, education, sanitation, macro-economic stability and transport. This new funding brings the European Commission's total support towards fighting the Ebola epidemic to €869 million, of which €660 million are development f... Read More »

EIB supports Bavarian Nordic’s development of Ebola and cancer vaccines


EIB Vice-President Jonathan Taylor stated: “We are pleased to be partnering with Bavarian Nordic in this breakthrough operation, as it enables the EU bank to address the high unmet medical need caused by a pandemic such as Ebola. The European Investment Bank sends a clear signal that the international community cannot abandon West Africa at this time of need and must continue to demonstrate firm engagement. We are also delighted that we are supporting the first market entry of a European company into the cancer treatment vaccine arena. Projects... Read More »

EIB continues wide-ranging response to Ebola


“Even before the Ebola pandemic West Africa faced huge economic and social challenges. Since the start of the crisis the European Investment Bank has responded by backing investment in countries most impacted by Ebola as well as supporting accelerated development of a vaccine for the virus. The international community cannot abandon West Africa in this time of need and must continue to demonstrate firm engagement.” said Pim van Ballekom, European Investment Bank Vice President. “This week’s high-level conference will ensure effective engagem... Read More »

Handicap International: Ebola: “We mustn’t let our guard down too soon”


The media have reported a drop in the number of Ebola cases. Does that tie in with what you’re seeing in the field? Yes, there are definitely fewer cases, and we’re feeling much more hopeful about the future. The signs are very encouraging, particularly in Liberia, where there’s been a very big drop in the number of new confirmed cases and the President has announced that schools will reopen from February. But we need to remain alert. One badly treated case could lead to a new outbreak. We mustn’t let our guard down too soon. In Sierra Leone... Read More »

Prudential commits $6.7 million to fight Ebola in West Africa


“The Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa, as well as here in the United States,” said Lata Reddy, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential and president of The Prudential Foundation. “Relief efforts are underway, but the organizations working on the front lines need greater financial support to contain this crisis. Prudential’s support of the UNICEF Bridge Fund, Doctors Without Borders, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and University Hospital will serve to strengthen their efforts... Read More »

Stichting Amnesty: G20 leaders must announce and deliver on concrete actions to stop Ebola


Amnesty International, Oxfam International, Plan International, Save the Children and WaterAid are collectively present in all the three affected countries with a clear analysis of the tremendous needs still to be addressed. These five international non-governmental organisations have launched a petition to the world’s 20 largest economies, to take concrete actions to win the fight against the Ebola disease. Within a couple of weeks, 165,490 people around the world signed the petition to express solidarity with communities affected by the... Read More »

Ebola response: EU scales up aid with planes, material aid and research support


The EU is boosting its investment in Ebola research, sending more material aid and providing new capacity for medical evacuations of international aid workers. This announcement comes just ahead of the mission of the European Union's Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and the Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis to the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, The European Commission, together with the European pharmaceutical industry, is launching a €280 million call fo... Read More »

Q&A: Ebola and health implications for the EU


To date, 10 patients have been repatriated to the EU/EEA with confirmed or suspected Ebola and the first secondary case of Ebola in Europe has been confirmed on 6 October. What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests but in the current outbreak the disease has also spread to urban places. Some Ebola outbreaks have a fatality rate of up to 90%. In the current outbreak EVD is fatal in 45-70 % (average 60 %) of... Read More »

Volga-Dnepr delivers helicopters for emergency UN Mission to fight ebola


The three multi-purpose helicopters will be used to support the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) established in late September to fight the outbreak of the virus in western Africa. To load the helicopters into the cargo hold of the An-124, Volga-Dnepr applied a loading plan specially developed for the carriage of rotor-wing machines. This involves demounting lifting and tail propellers, vibration absorbers, fuel tanks, and removing fluids from the shock struts and wheels. This reduced the height of the helicopters enabling th... Read More »

Ebola screenings at Heathrow to start Tuesday


Already 4,033 people have died as a result of the virus; 8,399 have been confirmed as infected, UK secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt told the country's parliament on Monday. Those who arrive from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea at terminal 1 will have to fill out a questionnaire and have their temperature taken. Similar screenings will commence later this week at other terminals at airports Heathrow and Gatwick, and to the Eurostar train station which connects Brussels to London. In his address to MPs, Hunt acknowledged that “no ... Read More »

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