Another batch of UK aid for Ebola outbreak

1 Oct 14
The UK will provide extra medical supplies and deploy health experts to support volunteers in Sierra Leone treating victims of Ebola as part of a new £20m aid package.

By | 1 October 2014

The UK will provide extra medical supplies and deploy health experts to support volunteers in Sierra Leone treating victims of Ebola as part of a new £20m aid package. 

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the new treatment and prevention support package would boost stretched public health services in the West African country.

She said aid was urgently needed to public health staff to continue their work, boost aid agencies and provide vital supplies such as chlorine and protective clothing for thousands of medical workers.

‘Britain is working urgently with Sierra Leone to scale up the international response to the disease,’ she said.

‘Our latest support will allow stretched medical staff and aid agencies to prevent further infection.’

Speaking ahead of the London Defeating Ebola conference on October 2, she said the new package would include an emergency £5m fund for aid agencies in the country which face an urgent gap in their financing.

The £5m, she said, would go towards charities and aid agencies working on the ground and in need of financial support to prevent disease and keep treatment centres open.

The latest batch of UK aid comes after British military personnel and aid experts were drafted in following a direct request for assistance from the World Health Organisation and the Sierra Leone government. This formed a £100m mission to contain the Ebola outbreak.  

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