Following a four-day visit to Ebola-affected countries by European Union (EU) Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides and Commissioner of Health Vytenus Andriukaitis, the EU will be sending more financial support to aid in fighting the disease.
A total of $36.3 million will be used to send equipment and medical supplies to treat infected international workers in European hospitals and to train medical personnel how to handle Ebola infections and treatment. A minority of those funds will be used to assist neighboring countries to enhance their preparedness in the case of infection.
"I have seen for myself how much is being done on the ground, in very difficult circumstances, and how much more needs to be done to stop Ebola's spread. I was impressed with the bravery of humanitarian workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. More of them are needed and we must intensify our joint efforts to contain, control, treat and ultimately defeat this virus," Stylianides said.
Sweden will be sending 42 medical personnel to run a treatment center in affected areas, a move that Stylianides praised, stating it was a good use of the union's coordination assets.
With this funding the EU has given nearly $1.3 billion in relief funding toward stopping the spread of this disease and treating the patients with it.