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Greening: British support to help more Sierra Leoneans

Justine Greening has visited Sierra Leone to see the early results of Britain's response to Ebola.

British assistance to tackle Ebola will increase over the coming weeks as existing commitments of UK-funded training and care facilities come on stream, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today on the second and last day of her visit to Sierra Leone.

The numbers of health workers being trained, burial units in operation and local diagnosis and care units will all increase over the coming weeks as UK plans are rolled out.

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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More UK troops deploy to Sierra Leone

Around 150 British Army personnel left RAF Brize Norton this morning to add to the significant UK efforts to tackle Ebola.

The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, are due to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, later today.

They will run the Ebola Training Academy – teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to prevent it in others.

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British Government in partnership with the Danish Refugee Council

The British Government, already a key humanitarian actor in the Syrian crisis, has further increased its engagement through a two-year partnership with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Syria and Lebanon. £21 million will ensure vital emergency relief operations during this two-year period.

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British aid flight carrying medical supplies for Ebola treatment facility lands in Freetown

Britain’s latest Ebola aid flight carrying vital medical supplies landed in Freetown yesterday, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed.

This was the UK’s sixth aid flight and carried almost £900,000 worth of medical equipment needed for the 92 bed treatment facility in Kerry Town, including blood banks, centrifuges and protective equipment such as goggles and gloves.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

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RFA Argus deploys to Sierra Leone

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship began her journey to Sierra Leone today as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak

RFA Argus sailed from Falmouth this morning with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), Royal Navy personnel and Royal Marines, along with 3 Merlin helicopters, aircrew and engineers from 820 Naval Air Squadron.

On arrival RFA Argus will play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment that is expected to last up to 6 months.

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Medics on their way to Sierra Leone

Personnel from Hampshire’s 22 Field Hospital will provide a key component in the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

They will join the 40 who are already in the country establishing a 92-bed treatment facility. 12 of these beds will be set aside for the specific treatment of healthcare workers and will be operated solely by the Britain’s military medics.

Among the 91 deploying were general nurses, medical technicians, specialist nurses, doctors, infectious disease consultants as well as drivers, chefs, administrators and logistical staff.

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Further UK aid supplies arrive in Freetown to tackle Ebola outbreak

Britain's latest Ebola aid flight - delivering beds, personal protection suits, tents and ten vehicles - landed in Freetown today.

Britain’s latest Ebola aid flight - delivering beds, personal protection suits, tents and ten vehicles - landed in Freetown today, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed.

Images of the latest flight are available to download here.

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Swayne: return to status quo in Gaza not an option

International community cannot continue to pick up the pieces in Gaza indefinitely, warns International Development Minister Desmond Swayne, as he sets out new UK support.

Speaking at the Gaza Reconstruction Conference in Cairo, Mr Swayne committed £20 million in early recovery assistance for those caught up in this summer’s conflict, including hundreds of thousands left homeless or without access to water.

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Partners Announce New Goal of $50 Million to Save Lives of Mothers and Newborns at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Five-year expansion aims to promote, scale creative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low-income communities

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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UK military to provide further measures to tackle Ebola

MOD will provide hundreds of troops, an aviation support ship and 3 Merlin helicopters as the UK ramps up its efforts to tackle Ebola

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon laid out the measures at an emergency COBR committee meeting today, chaired by the Prime Minister, to discuss the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis which is being led by the Department for International Development.

Mr Fallon said:

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Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois has praised military personnel going through medical training to help tackle Ebola in west Africa

More than 100 members of the British Army’s 22 Field Hospital are preparing to provide a 12-bed treatment unit for healthcare workers in Sierra Leone.

Today, Mr Francois witnessed mission training at the Army Medical Services establishment in Strensall, which is designed to develop and assess the clinical and organisational procedures required.

Personnel carried out parts of the exercise in personal protective equipment in a hangar converted into a mock-up field hospital, treating simulated casualties to replicate the situation they expect to find when they deploy.

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Factsheet: The UK's humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis (7 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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Iraq + 2 others
Baird Announces Measures to Counter ISIL’s Brutal Acts of Sexual Violence

October 6, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced in the House of Commons today that Canada will undertake renewed action, in coordination with our allies and partners, to respond to the heinous acts of sexual violence and other human rights abuses being committed by ISIL, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, against women and children.

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British aid supplies arrive in Freetown to tackle Ebola outbreak

Two flights containing ambulances, tents, incinerators and further UK aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone arrived this weekend.

Two flights containing ambulances, tents and further UK aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone arrived in Freetown this weekend, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed.

The flights delivered equipment to assist with the construction and operation of the UK’s 92 bed treatment facility, including generators, air conditioning units and lighting sets.

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The UK must not abandon the women of Afghanistan as troops withdraw

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03 October 2014

In response to remarks by David Cameron during his visit to Afghanistan today, Rowan Harvey, ActionAid's women's rights policy advisor, said:

"The £178m a year the UK government has pledged to support Afghanistan's development is an important first step, but the most fragile and patchy progress so far has been in realizing the rights of women.

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Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies

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Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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Overwhelming response to recruitment drive as GOAL receives £5million (€6.4 million) grant to help combat Ebola

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GOAL

There is little sign that the epidemic in West Africa is being brought under control with cases and deaths increasing

2/10/14 Following the launch of an emergency recruitment drive, GOAL has received over 500 applications for a medical response team to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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Recovery and Development in Sierra Leone and Liberia

“Cuts to health aid compromised fight against Ebola,” says Sir Malcolm Bruce

In the light of the Ebola crisis, the UK’s bilateral aid budget for Sierra Leone and Liberia should be reinstated rather than cut, warns the International Development Committee in a report published today.

Launching a report examining the UK’s recent development work in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Sir Malcolm Bruce, Chair of the International Development Committee said today:

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ISIL: UK government response

The UK government sets out the actions it is taking to counter ISIL (also referred to as ISIS).

On Friday 26 September the Prime Minister spoke in Parliament on the UK’s role in tackling ISIL in Iraq (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The Prime Minister said:

"ISIL is a terrorist organisation unlike those we have dealt with before. The brutality is staggering, but it is not just the brutality; it is backed by billions of dollars and has captured an arsenal of the most modern weapons."