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Austria will contribute €1 million to the EU’s Ebola prevention and preparedness programme in West Africa, in addition to more than €1.7 million the country has already dedicated to the Ebola response. The funding will go to a treatment centre for Ebola patients in Burkina Faso and the training of 130 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.
“The Ebola epidemic remains an acute threat to West Africa and beyond. We welcome every Member States’ contribution to the coordinated European response to the Ebola epidemic“, said Christos Stylianides, EU Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, who recently visited the affected region. “The threat of the spread of the virus to neighbouring states remains a considerable risk, and we need to continue to upscale our prevention and preparedness efforts.“
As the epidemic has progressed, it has already taken a heavy toll of life. More than 19 000 people have been infected, 7 500 of whom have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three most affected countries.
Together with its Member States, the EU has spent more than EUR 1.2 billion for humanitarian and development aid and medical research. A number of Member States have sent emergency supplies and medical teams, many of them deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and – like Austria – continue to upscale their financial assistance.