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20 Apr 2015 description

Media release 20 April 2015

I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government is able to close the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone by 30 April 2015.

This decision follows a process led by the Government of Sierra Leone to rationalise and consolidate ETCs as the situation in West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak has stabilised. I acknowledge the role played by the Governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea in leading the international response to the Ebola outbreak.

15 Mar 2015 description

A doctor who has been working at the Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone will undergo a 21-day observation period for Ebola in the United Kingdom.

Following a clinical incident, the doctor was transferred to the United Kingdom consistent with the agreement secured by the Australian Government on establishing the Centre.

The doctor, who for privacy reasons will not be named, has completed a medical assessment in the United Kingdom. They have not been diagnosed with Ebola and are not exhibiting any symptoms of Ebola.

18 Jan 2015 description

An Australian nurse will undergo observation in the United Kingdom following a low risk clinical incident at the Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone.

The nurse was transferred to the United Kingdom consistent with the guarantees secured by the Australian Government as a condition to establishing the treatment centre.

The individual, who for privacy reasons has not been named, has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and the transferral to the UK for a 21-day observation period is a precautionary step.

06 Jan 2015 description

Today I announce that the first patient successfully treated at the Australian-funded Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone has been discharged with a clean bill of health.

14 Dec 2014 description

The Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre at Hastings Airfield, near Freetown in Sierra Leone, will commence operations tonight.Australia is now managing the Centre following the completion of construction by the United Kingdom.

Patients will be referred to the Centre and in line with best practice it will commence operations with five beds. Operations will be gradually scaled up to full capacity at 100 beds under strict guidelines to ensure infection control procedures are working effectively and trained staff and safety practices are in place.

28 Nov 2014 description

Seventeen Australian health workers will depart for West Africa over the following days to train and prepare to provide clinical care in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

This is part of Australia’s $42 million contribution to the Ebola response in West Africa, announced by the Prime Minister on 5 November 2014, and will form part of the UK’s broader response in Sierra Leone.

17 Nov 2014 description

We are deeply concerned about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and saddened by the suffering and loss of life it is inflicting. We are mindful of the serious humanitarian, social and economic impacts on those countries, and of the potential for these impacts to spread.

05 Nov 2014 description

Prime Minister
Minister for Health

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia.

A health service provider will be contracted to manage and run a 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone, as part of the United Kingdom-led international efforts in that country. Discussions are underway with Aspen Medical, an Australian company, in this regard.

02 Oct 2014 description

Australia will provide an additional $10 million to the international response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.

This will bring Australia’s total contribution to the Ebola response to $18 million and is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities.

17 Sep 2014 description

Joint media release:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister for Health, The Hon Peter Dutton MP

The Australian Government will immediately provide a further $7 million to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We share the international community’s deep concern over the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.

26 Jan 2010 description

MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

STEPHEN SMITH

AA 09/10 26 January 2010

Yesterday and today I conducted the first visit to South Africa by an Australian Foreign Minister in more than seven years.

Today I met my South African counterpart Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.

29 Jan 2009 description

Today, during the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, I met with Foreign Minister Bangura of Sierra Leone.

Australia has long-standing friendly relations with Sierra Leone, including cooperation in multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Commonwealth.

I was pleased to advise her that Australia will contribute a further $200,000 to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

This brings Australia's total contribution to $1 million since the Court's inception in 2002.

Australia has been a firm supporter of efforts to bring to justice those responsible for war …

24 Jun 2007 description

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Australia will provide a further $100,000 to help prosecute those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Greg Hunt, said the funds would be used to increase support for the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Mr Hunt said this would bring Australia's total voluntary contribution to the Special Court to $700,000 since 2001.

The court was established by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations and is widely regarded as …

02 May 2006 description

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER

17 May 2000 description

17 May 2000 (fa41)

Australia will provide AUD $750,000 for the UNICEF Child Protection Program in Sierra Leone. The war in Sierra Leone has caused the separation of at least 10,000 children from their families and at least a further 5000 children have been abducted and conscripted as child soldiers. UNICEF, through its Child Protection Program, will provide support to children who have been separated from their families as a consequence of the war and seek to reintegrate children associated with the fighting forces.