EU gives overview in Ebola outbreak

Representatives from the European Union (EU) and the European Commission will meet Tuesday to address the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus affecting West Africa and to adapt an emergency response with a focus on eradicating the disease and establishing long-term support and recovery efforts in the three most heavily impacted countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 

The report states that approximately $1.3 billion has been contributed by the union and its member states and the commission has contributed approximately $465 million to emergency measures and other support. They report that approximately $73 million in humanitarian aid and $235.8 million in developmental and recovery aid has been funded by the commission. Developmental aid is being used in stabilization and recovery efforts that will improve health, education, sanitation and water systems.

More than 22,900 cases have been reported and more than 9,200 fatalities have been attributed to the outbreak. Both the EU and the commission have provided support for the research and development of vaccines and treatment options for the disease. Promising results have been found with favipiravir, an antiviral drug in early stages.

Other efforts to fight Ebola include preventive measures for potential cases and programs such as the EU Early Warning and Response System and a newly established Ebola Communication Platform for Clinicians that allows important information regarding the disease to be shared by the medical community.