West Africa

International Development written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is giving to (a) Sierra Leone and (b) other countries in West Africa to them help counter the outbreak of Ebola; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The current outbreak of Ebola poses a serious public health risk to West Africa and is deeply concerning. The UK is taking a leading role in working with the countries affected and with the international community to ensure that the outbreak is contained and help reaches those in need. In total, over £25 million of British funding is supporting the global effort to contain this disease. This includes £5 million of new direct funding to help partners working on the ground like the WHO, Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières? to treat victims and prevent the spread of Ebola. Given the UK’s historical relationship with Sierra Leone, the majority of UK direct funding is supporting the response in that country. Overall £20 million of UK support is helping contain Ebola across West Africa through commitments to multilateral institutions (the World Bank and the African Development Bank) and the EU.

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