West Africa: Ebola

Department for International Development written question – answered on 16th February 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they have learned from the initial response to the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the response by the World Health Organisation to the ebola outbreak; and whether they consider that there is a need to develop a rapid response capability.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

It is critical that we learn lessons from this crisis and DFID is already working with international partners to achieve the comprehensive global, regional and national systems that will be needed to respond efficiently to future public health emergencies.

We welcome the reforms announced at the WHO Special Session on 25 January which align with measures the Prime Minister proposed at the G20 meetings in Brisbane, including the establishment of a rapid response team. The UK has also announced an advance commitment of up to $10million as part of a contingency fund for future outbreaks and emergencies.

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