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Estonia is ready to provide additional assistance to prevent the spread of Ebola

02.10.2014

Today, on October 2, an international conference focusing on preventing the spread of Ebola was held in London, where Estonia expressed its readiness to increase its contribution to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasized the need for rapid and close international cooperation in preventing the spread of Ebola. “In addition to the financial assistance provided so far and the Estonian physician, who has been sent to the crisis region, we are ready to continue to support halting the spread of Ebola,” Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said, adding that the international community must do its part so that the situation does not become even more critical. Paet stated that by January the number of people infected with the virus could reach 1.5 million, if the spread of Ebola is not stopped.

Estonia's ambassador to London, Lauri Bambus stressed the importance of the meeting convened by the British government. “If we cannot respond effectively to the situation and prevent the spread of the disease, then in addition to the West African countries, Ebola will threaten the rest of the world,” Bambus noted. “Thousands have already died as a result of the virus and the normal day to day life of a number of countries has been disrupted.”

So far, the Foreign Ministry has supported the Ebola Response Fund founded by the United Nations with 40 000 euros. Estonia has also supported the activities of the World Health Organization (WHO) with 60 000 euros, to help prevent the further spread of Ebola especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the situation is most serious.

There is an Estonian physician currently in Monrovia Liberia, participating as a member of the four week United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) mission. The mission of the 13-member international team is to support the international coordination of the prevention of the spread of the Ebola virus.

Photo from the conference: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/15232746059/

Additional information:
Helen Rits
Press representative, Estonian Embassy in London
+44 79 2019 7993
helen.rits@mfa.ee


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