JOHANNESBURG – The European Union has availed a combined package of €3.5million (US$3.9 million) in further emergency aid for Uganda and South Sudan.
The amount is split to €2.5 million (US$2.9 million) for Uganda and €1 million (US$1.1 million) for South Sudan, meant to strengthen rapid detection and reaction to Ebola cases.
The funding comes after the EU gave another monetary support towards the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo and prevention and preparedness actions in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
“We are doing all we can to save lives and stop further Ebola cases,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis management and EU Ebola coordinator, Christos Stylianides.
“Our main task is not only to help the Democratic Republic of Congo, but also assist neighbouring countries like Uganda. Here, our funding is helping with surveillance, work with local communities, and boosting local capacities for these countries to take timely and effective action. We are committed to continue our assistance to bring this outbreak to an end, for as long as it takes.”
In co-ordination with other international donors and in line with the World Health Organization’s Regional Strategic Ebola Response and Preparedness Plans, EU funding is contributing towards measures that include the strengthening of disease surveillance at community level, health facilities and points of entry (border crossing points), the training of rapid response teams, the training of healthcare and frontline workers on contact-tracing, infection prevention and control measures, psychosocial support and safe and dignified burials.
It will also go towards local capacity-building by equipping medical treatment facilities and community awareness-raising.
EU humanitarian health experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and the region are coordinating the response and they are in daily contact with the health authorities in these countries, the World Health Organization and operational partners.