On the invitation of the ECOWAS Commission, the European Commission is sending a high level official, the Director of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Operations of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Louis De Brouwer to deliver a message on the EU’s response to the fight against the Ebola Viirus Disease as Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS meet in Accra today for a two-day High-level Coordination Meeting of ECOWAS partners on the fight against Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
The meeting which falls within the framework of implementation of the decisions of the ECOWAS Extra-ordinary Summit of 6 November 2014 at Accra on EVD is to explore ways and means for enhanced synergy on the response through concrete actions
EU Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said the threat of Ebola is still real and the battle will only be over when there is a zero case in West Africa.
“For now, regional cooperation is an absolute must to defeat the outbreak once and for all. The EU is committed to help ensure a transition between emergency aid and development cooperation as the effects of Ebola in the region will be felt for months if not years to come”.
The EU has been active with humanitarian aid, expertise and international coordination since the outbreak. As early as March 2014, the EU has provided over EUR 1.2 Billion in financial aid as well as experts on the ground, emergency supplies and evacuation means.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is about to deploy four teams of epidemiologists to support surveillance and response at community level.
The Commissioner announced in his December report to EU Heads of State and Government that the EU will hold an international high-level conference on Ebola in March 2015.