Germany's Contribution to fighting Ebola

An alliance against Ebola – Germany’s contribution

In the fight against Ebola, the international community has taken on a new and complex challenge and achieved significant successes. The number of cases has been falling steadily and staying down. The most important challenge now is the transition from emergency humanitarian assistance to reconstruction and stabilisation in the affected countries. In his capacity as Special Representative of the Federal Government, Ambassador Walter Lindner – formerly Regional Director for Africa and Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office – directs and coordinates all aid measures.
 

Our objectives:

·Defeat Ebola and treat patients

·Isolate Ebola, not the affected countries

·Stabilise the countries affected

·Provide help for the long term: rebuild healthcare systems and enhance their capacity for dealing with crises

·Take preventive measures at the global level: create new international structures for tackling epidemics

 

What we are doing:
 

Financial assistance:

·Providing 161.7 million euro

· Making significant contributions to UNMEER, WHO, UNICEF, OCHA, WFP and ECHO

· Supporting the Ebola-related activities of numerous German and international non-governmental organisations

 

Logistics:

· Operating a Bundeswehr airlift to Monrovia, Conakry and Freetown (transporting – to date – more than 500 tonnes of aid supplies)

· Supplying water to Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone – Federal Agency for Technical Relief

· Providing, running and maintaining emergency generators for hospitals – Federal Agency for Technical Relief

· Providing 400 special motorbikes for the transport of blood samples

· Supplying 14 heavy goods vehicles for logistical support in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone

· Maintaining and repairing specially equipped ambulance vehicles – Federal Agency for Technical Relief

 

Prevention:

· Providing and operating Ebola laboratories in affected and neighbouring countries; training laboratory technicians

· Disseminating an innovative awareness-raising radio programme by Deutsche Welle

· Supporting public-awareness campaigns by various non-governmental organisations

· Establishing a training centre in Mali

 

Treatment:

·  Providing medical care in Germany for – to date – four international aid workers infected while helping with Ebola

·  Making available the world’s most state-of-the-art medevac vehicle for German and international aid workers seriously ill with Ebola

·  Equipping and running a Severe Infection Temporary Treatment Unit (SITTU) in Monrovia, Liberia (identification of Ebola patients and separate treatment for those with severe non-Ebola infections) – German Red Cross and Bundeswehr

·  Expanding and supporting the operation of the Kenema treatment centre in Sierra Leone

·  Assisting the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia with triage, logistics and medical training

·  Providing triage support to UNMIL in Monrovia

 

Deployment of German staff and volunteers:

· Providing staff from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief to the WFP Logistics Cluster as part of UNMEER

· Recruiting several hundred volunteers (principally medical personnel)

· Providing the volunteers with focused training run by the Red Cross/DIFAEM and Bundeswehr (training which is open to our EU partners)

·  Organising aid workers on the ground

·  Deploying people flexibly according to developments in the number of cases


Humanitarian assistance:

· Supplying food to people who are in quarantine

· Providing food and protection for children in the affected countries

· Caring for Ebola orphans within family structures under the auspices of SOS Kinderdorf

 

Research:

· Making additional funds available for the development and testing of vaccines


Long-term assistance:

· Maintaining a presence in all three of the countries most badly affected by the crisis, Germany being one of only a few bilateral donors to do so

· Continuing development cooperation in all three countries through 165 local staff

· Investing and undertaking fast-acting measures in the fields of healthcare, food security, education and infrastructure

 

Ongoing development of European and international cooperation

·  Establishing a shared pool of medical experts

 

Germany's Contribution to fighting Ebola

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