The European Union has pledged an initial €600 million (over US$757 million) to scale-up to about €1billion by the end of 2014 its assistance to contain the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
This was disclosed Thursday by the EU Director of Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (DG ECHO), Jean-Louis DE Brower, who is heading a delegation to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to get update on the Ebola outbreak.
The EU delegation also informed governments of the affected countries and the global community it will build upon the interventions already in place.
The delegation made the disclosure Thursday during discussions held with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia, according to a Foreign Ministry release.
He disclosed that the EU has already taken the decision to appoint an Ebola Coordinator to the region and set up a humanitarian evacuation system to evacuate international health workers who will be affected by the Ebola virus.
He disclosed that the EU will convene a stock-taking conference by the end of November to prepare for the final phase of the fight to eradicate the virus and will also target its support to the rebuilding of the healthcare system of the affected countries.
In remarks, President Sirleaf welcomed the visiting EU official and pointed out that the EU’s intervention as outlined by Mr. DE Brower is consistent with what is already being done by the government and its partners.
She pointed out that all Ebola-related interventions will now be aligned and integrated with the regular healthcare system as a way of beginning the process of rebuilding the system.
“We must ensure that everything we do now is not just with the aim of ending the outbreak but to ensure that we come out with a stronger and efficient healthcare system,” President Sirleaf said.