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Ebola in West Africa

Once Ebola is passed from an infected animal to a human being, the virus is ready for human-to-human transmission. All measures need to be taken to avoid transmission. © European Union/ECHO

What are the needs?

West Africa has faced the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the countries where the virus has taken the heaviest toll on life. Beyond the human tragedy, the disease has had devastating effects on the security, economies and health care systems of the whole region.

The World Health Organisation declared the end of the Ebola transmission in West Africa in January and in March 2016. However, the risk of re-emergence of the virus is high, and countries have experienced and may continue experiencing new small outbreaks (also known as flare-ups).

How are we helping?

The EU has been active in the response to the Ebola emergency from the start. It has mobilised all available political, financial and scientific resources to help contain, control, treat and ultimately defeat Ebola.

The EU, together with its Member States, have made available close to €2 billion in financial aid to help contain and recover from the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa.

The European Commission has coordinated the EU support and provided affected countries with humanitarian aid, technical expertise, longer-term development assistance, investment in research for a vaccine and evacuation means for international humanitarian workers and experts.

Activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has enabled the rapid, coordinated deployment of emergency supplies and experts offered by the Member States.

The Commission is now increasingly focusing on the long-term recovery in the countries affected: financing programs for health care, agriculture, infrastructure, education, sanitation, macro-economic stability and transport.

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Last updated
01/04/2016