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25 Aug 2016 description

The UK government is working with the Ministry of Education and Science and Technology (MEST) and UNICEF to ensure that young girls previously excluded from the system can return to full-time education. Guy Warrington, newly arrived British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, visited a ground-breaking initiative at the War Wounded Academy in Grafton on 19 August. He was hosted by Mrs Olive Musa from MEST.

19 Jan 2016 description

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa represented a stark wake-up call to the international community. Thousands lost their lives in the deadliest outbreak of the disease in history. In effect, the epidemic became a practical test of the international community’s ability to respond to a public health emergency. It exposed serious weaknesses across the international system.

22 May 2015 description

Ministry of Defence scientists have been working with industry and government partners to help combat the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has an active research programme on Ebola and has developed expertise in handling and manipulating the virus.

Dstl has supported the UK effort in West Africa by providing advice on the biological and physical aspects of the virus, as well as deploying highly skilled research scientists to the diagnostic laboratory at the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone.

27 Mar 2015 description

RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.

12 Mar 2015 description

Public Health England can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola.

A Public Health England spokesperson, said:

We can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation to ensure that appropriate care is delivered. A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course.

11 Feb 2015 description

PAC Press Notice

39th PAC Report 2014-2015

The UK’s response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

Chair: The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, and Stephen Phillips QC MP today said:

30 Jan 2015 description

The Committee covered the UK response to the recent Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Committee questioned representatives from Medecins Sans Frontieres – including a doctor recently returned from Sierra Leone - and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the current situation on the ground.

The Committee then questioned the Secretary of State for International Development Rt Hon Justine Greening MP on the UK response to the Ebola crisis, and healthcare issues more widely.

18 Dec 2014 description

WHO and Member Country Failings Mean Global Health Systems Remain “Dangerously Inadequate” For Dealing With Health Emergencies Like Ebola, Says Committee

12 Dec 2014 description

The first UK reserves are joining nearly 100 regulars as they prepare to travel to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak.

Both regular and reserve personnel from across the 3 services are undergoing their final preparations before they deploy to Sierra Leone on 20 December.

The 9-day, mission-specific training took place at the Army Medical Services Training Centre at Strensall Barracks near York. It is designed to test and develop clinical and organisational procedures.

24 Oct 2014 description

David Cameron gets European leaders to pledge more funding to fight Ebola.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has secured a €1 billion (£800 million) funding pledge at the European Council meetings in Brussels, following a call for European leaders to do more to fight the disease in West Africa.

As part of the commitment, the UK has boosted its own response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa by £80 million, bringing its total contribution to more than £200 million.

17 Oct 2014 description

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.

09 Oct 2014 description

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:

08 Oct 2014 description

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.

02 Oct 2014 description

“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:

25 Sep 2014 description

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

New York City, NY

September 25, 2014

The text of the following statement was released by the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and High Representative of the European Union:

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18 Sep 2014 description

Foreign Secretary announces further support to tackle Ebola in West Africa, including the UK leading on provision of 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government’s COBR emergency committee, on the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:

“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already an unprecedented humanitarian emergency for the affected countries. If we fail to act now it could become a global catastrophe with disastrous consequences.

18 Mar 2013 description

British Army engineers are involved in a pioneering drilling project to bring clean water to thousands of people in Sierra Leone.

As a result of this project, fresh water will be delivered to more than 6,500 people where it is scarce and the threat of illnesses like cholera is high as people are forced to use water in contaminated rivers and puddles for drinking and cleaning.