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11 Jan 2016 description

1. Background

The Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015 in West Africa and the repercussions it had at international level have substantially changed our perception and understanding of global health security. In this context, DG SANTE, together with the Luxembourg Presidency, organised a conference on "lessons learned for public health from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa – how to improve preparedness and response in the EU for future outbreaks”.

The event took place in Mondorf-les-Bains (Luxembourg) from Monday 12 October to Wednesday 14 October 2015.

10 Jul 2015 description

The Current Situation and Financial Assistance

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the most affected countries. Over 27, 514 people have been infected, more than 11,220 of whom have died.

10 Jul 2015 description

La Commission européenne annoncera aujourd'hui l'octroi d'une aide d'environ 450 millions d'euros destinée à soutenir le redressement des trois pays les plus touchés par le virus Ebola, à savoir la Guinée, la Sierra Leone et le Liberia. La mesure sera annoncée par M. Christos Stylianides, commissaire chargé de l’aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises et coordinateur de l'UE pour la lutte contre le virus Ebola, à l'occasion de la «Conférence internationale sur le relèvement après l'Ebola» organisée par les Nations unies à New York.

02 Mar 2015 description

Brussels, 02 March 2015

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. Over 22 900 people have been infected, more than 9 200 of whom have died.

02 Mar 2015 description

Bruxelles, 02 mars 2015

L'Afrique de l’Ouest est confrontée à l'épidémie d’Ebola la plus importante et la plus complexe jamais enregistrée. La Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone sont les pays les plus touchés. Plus de 22 900 personnes ont été infectées et 9 200 d'entre elles sont décédées.

24 Feb 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 24 February 2015, Brussels - The fight against Ebola has moved one step closer to an effective treatment against the disease. Thanks to EU funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) last night announced encouraging evidence that the antiviral drug favipiravir might be an effective treatment against early Ebola disease.

16 Jan 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 16 January 2015, Brussels - The EU has acted decisively since the early stages of the current Ebola crisis and is today announcing its latest actions in the field of research. Support to research is part of the EU's response, together with humanitarian aid, expertise, international coordination and longer-term development assistance.

15 Dec 2014 description
report European Commission

Following the World Health Organisation’s recommendation, exit screening of travellers leaving the Ebola affected countries was put in place in August, to reduce the risk of spread of Ebola. These exit screening procedures have been implemented at the airports of the affected countries with support from the US Centre of Disease Control (CDC).

12 Dec 2014 description
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A new batch of urgently needed medical and relief supplies is leaving to the Ebola-affected region in West Africa today on board of the Dutch ship "Karel Doorman".

For the second time, as part of the coordinated European response to the Ebola outbreak, the Netherlands has offered to transport vital supplies free of charge. The vessel is carrying 1,500 tons of food for the World Food Programme (WFP) in addition to more than 50 vehicles, medical supplies and protective clothing for health personnel offered by Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.

08 Dec 2014 description

Brussels, 08 December 2014

West Africa is currently facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. The disease has already claimed more than 6 000 lives and has seen over 17 000 cases.

12 Nov 2014 description

Summary: 11 November 2014, Brussels - EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides and Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis will start their four-day visit to the countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic. This is a sign of the political commitment of the European Commission to help bring to an end the Ebola epidemic which has already claimed more than 5000 lives. Just ahead of the mission, today Commissioner Andriukaitis launched a new platform enabling the rapid exchange of information on the treatment and prevention of the Ebola virus disease.

06 Nov 2014 description

Brussels, 06 November 2014

The European Union and its Member States have now pledged more than €1 billion in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This means the Union has already gone beyond the target set by the European Council on 24 October for €1 billion in assistance to stem the epidemic.

The EU is boosting its investment in Ebola research, sending more material aid and providing new capacity for medical evacuations of international aid workers.

23 Oct 2014 description
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The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible.

13 Mar 2009 description
report European Commission

IP/09/404

Brussels, 13 March 2009

This Friday 13 March the European Commission and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) Group signed a cooperation agreement for a total of €2.7 billion.

13 Mar 2009 description
report European Commission

IP/09/404

Bruxelles, 13 Mars 2009

La Commission européenne alloue un montant de 2,7 milliards d'euros aux pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique afin de répondre aux défis globaux du développement.

La Commission européenne et le groupe des pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP) ont signé un accord de coopération d'un montant de 2,7 milliards d'euros ce vendredi 13 mars. Il s'agit d'un accord global dont le financement s'inscrit dans le cadre du 10 ème Fonds Européen de Développement et grâce auquel 77 pays d'Afrique, des …