Over 55 mln USD pledged at AU forum against Ebola

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-02 22:09:19|Editor: xuxin
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ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) - - More than 55 million U.S. dollars have been pledged along with other in-kind supports and assistance to Africa's fight against Ebola at an event organized by the African Union (AU) on Monday at its headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The event dubbed, "Africa against Ebola Private Sector and Partner Forum," had been called by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to solicit resources from AU member states and other partners for supporting its efforts to end Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and contain it from spreading.

Efforts to speedily contain the virus have been hampered by security challenges posed by the armed conflict zones in Eastern DRC. This continues to pose a grave concern on the security of the locals but also the response teams on the ground.

The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC was declared on Aug. 1 last year and the World Health Organization in August this year declared the Ebola outbreak in the DRC as public health emergency of international concern.

Speaking to a press conference after the Forum, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Amira Elfadil, said the event was successful and the participants have pledged to provide financial and in-kind support of different types.

" There is solidarity been shown from all the participants that these pledges will be financial and in-kind; and it will be directed to support the government of DRC for the preparedness and for the response for building the capacity of the country to fight and to tackle Ebola, and even other epidemics," the Commissioner said.

"The financial pledges, the total amount is 55 million plus; the largest contributor is the European Union. We have also in kind support; we have the human resources support, with the pledges made by some of member states in Africa; and we have also member states, they said they will give in-kind medical products and vaccines; there is pledging on building the capacity of the human resources, sending also epidemiologists," said Elfadil .

Commending those that have made the pledges to provide financial and in-kind support, he noted that the AU would have another similar event in February 2020 to mobilize more resources to support Africa in the fight against Ebola Forum.