The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has been an unprecedented public health emergency causing more than 11 000 deaths and having a devastating socio-economic impact. One of the main lessons learned from the crisis is the need to develop capacities to rapidly mobilise teams when responding to major health emergencies.
To improve the EU's preparedness and response to health emergencies, the EU has set up a European Medical Corps. The European Medical Corps provides a framework for mobilising medical and public health experts and teams for response and preparedness operations inside or outside the EU.
The official launch of the European Medical Corps will take place on 15 February 2016 at the European Commission's Berlaymont building from 16:30 to 19:30 (Robert Schuman room). The high-level event is hosted by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. A panel discussion with senior representatives from EU Member States emergency management authorities, World Health Organisation, the European Commission and the European Parliament will follow.
Attendance is by invitation only. The event will be web-streamed – click here on the day of the event to watch it.
The European Medical Corps is part of the European Emergency Response Capacity established under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Read more about the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the European Medical Corps.