AU receives US$18.5mil for Ebola operations

by Trust Matsilele 0

The African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) operation aims at filling the existing gap in international efforts and will work with the African Humanitarian Action in mobilising medical and public health volunteers across the continent.

The regional body met with partners last Monday on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of the African Union Executive Council to announce pledges by the African Union Partners Group.

The United States announced its 10 million US dollars aid with the European Union announcing that about five million euros to be made available immediately to support the African Union Operation to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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The Republic of China last week announced two million US dollars to ASEOWA.

AU’s deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha, expressed gratitude to partners for the support to curb Ebola that has claimed over 1,000 lives to date.

“The focus should be on containing the epidemic to make sure that it does not spread further, improve the capacity of health facilities, which have been overstretched and monitor contacts and manage the confirmed cases”, noted AU’s Mwecha said.

The US ambassador Reuben Brigety noted that his country was absolutely committed to working with the international community to increase response efforts in West Africa and help bring this outbreak under control.

“We commend the AU for sending an assessment team and welcome its findings and we urge the AU to ensure that its mission is working through its operations on the ground and in accord with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Ebola response roadmap,” noted Brigety.

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The African Union made a historic decision end of August declaring Ebola a threat to peace and security in Africa.

The meeting authorised deployment of a joint AU-led military and civilian humanitarian mission to tackle the emergency situation caused by the Ebola outbreak.

According to the WHO estimates, about 600 million US dollars is needed to put the epidemic under control.