EU mobilises to curb the spread of Ebola
10 September 2014
The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Commissioner Georgieva was invited to the European Parliament's International Development Committee to explain what the EU has been doing to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
So far the EU has committed €11.9 million to stopping the spread of the Ebola and €140 million to longer term health improvements and infrastructure developments in the worst affected countries.
The money will initially be passed to the Commission’s partners on the ground, WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to help contain the spread of the epidemic. Identifying and isolating patients, as well as training local health workers and supplying them with the equipment they need to protect both themselves and the wider community has been essential in curbing the spread of the disease.
You can watch the EU Commissioner addressing the 'Deve' committee to outline exactly what the EU is doing here: