UN Emergency Fund allocates $15M for Ebola response in DRC, Guinea

EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA:- A sum of US$15M has been allocated from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to response to the concerning Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock announced on Wednesday.

This is the first time Ebola has been recorded in Guinea since the last outbreak ended in 2016. The outbreak in the DRC is in the same area as the 10th Ebola epidemic that claimed more than 2,200 lives from August 2018 to June 2020.

“Breaking the chain of transmission is the priority so I’m releasing rapid funding for community engagement, infection prevention and control, and vaccination,” Mark Lowcock said.

The funding will help DRC and Guinea respond to the outbreak and support neighbouring countries to prepare. Detailed allocation decisions will be made in the next few days as we receive more details about specific requirements, needs and risks.

In Guinea to date, 17 suspected cases have been recorded with 5 related deaths. In DRC, there are four confirmed cases, including two deaths.

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