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EU increases emergency funding to fight Ebola

The European Union is allocating an additional €500,000 to enhance interventions aimed at curbing the worsening Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, bringing to a total €1.9 million of EU aid in efforts to curb the spread of the deadly tropical virus in the MRU basin.

The funding, according to an EU release, will enable three organisations to sustain and expand their actions: Médecins Sans Frontières for the clinical management of cases, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for community outreach and sensitization, and the World Health Organisation for the reinforcement of the countries’ health responses.

Humanitarian experts from the European Union are deployed in the region, where they are monitoring the situation and liaising with local authorities and partners.

The European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab), an EU-funded project for dangerous infectious diseases, has been operational in Gueckedou, Guinea since the end of March. The European lab experts help Guinea’s Ministry of Health to diagnose viral hemorrhagic fever among suspected cases, thus helping to confirm Ebola, reduce the number of undiagnosed cases and limit the further spread of the disease.