Democratic Republic of the Congo: International Assistance

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department and the Department for International Development have had with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on ebola; and what assistance the Government has given to international aid agencies to provide vaccines to tackle ebola.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Government has provided significant support to the joint Democratic Republic of Congo Government (DRC)-World Health Organisation (WHO) response to the Ebola outbreak. The Department for International Development (DfID) has provided £5 million in funding for the response plan. In addition DfID has provided £1 million in funding for the use of an experimental vaccine (the development of which was also UK Aid-funded) in the affected area. These interventions are helping to save lives in DRC as well as to mitigate the risk of a wider international outbreak.

We will continue to discuss with the DRC Government and WHO how to assist the situation going forward.

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