Ebola Update – Noon Briefing (07 November 2014)

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United Nations – Ebola Update by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General at the Daily Noon Briefing at UN Headquarters in New York (7 November 2014).

(Update)

Today we want to express our sincere thanks to the Government of Japan for their latest contribution to international effort against the Ebola virus.
The Government of Japan announced that it will be providing USD 4.02 million each to the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. That money is to go toward the purchase of medical and epidemic prevention equipment.

In addition there will be a financial contribution to the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund of USD 5.94 million to support activities of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, otherwise known as UNMEER.
This new contribution of USD 18 million marks the completion of the allocation of USD 40 million, which was announced by Prime Minister Abe on 25 September at the Secretary-General’s High-level Meeting on Ebola which took place on the margins of the General Assembly.
We thank the Government of Japan and encourage others governments, who may not have yet contributed to the efforts to do so.

Meanwhile in Geneva, the United Children’s Fund stressed the impact of the Ebola crisis on essential health services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
UNICEF said that the quickest way of getting health services to function again is to stop the virus. The Agency is increasing its presence on the ground to support basic health services as well as social mobilization.

In the past three months, UNICEF has shipped almost 3,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies, including protective equipment and essential medicine.

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