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Since March 2014 several states in West Africa have been fighting against Ebola. In the last nine months, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has supported the international aid operations with more than 70 volunteers from the technical-logistical sector. Yesterday, Sunday, the remaining two experts returned from Sierra Leone via Ghana to Germany – time to take stock.
Ambassador Walter Lindner, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the Fight against Ebola, accompanied by Health Minister Gröhe and Development Minister Müller, has travelled to the region that has been worst affected by Ebola. An additional 200 million euro are to be made available through a special Federal Government aid programme.
Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier and Health Minister Hermann Gröhe presented a Lufthansa Airbus converted into rescue transport for Ebola patients at Berlin Tegel airport on 27 November. The “flying isolation unit” is ready for immediate deployment. It is intended to ensure that aid workers who become infected can be flown out to Germany and treated here.
The fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is posing a dramatic challenge for the international community. The German Government is continuously expanding its assistance and support for the countries affected, providing 161.7 million euros to date. In his capacity as Special Representative of the Federal Government, Ambassador Walter Lindner – formerly Regional Director for Africa and Crisis Management Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office – directs and coordinates all aid measures.
The Federal Government has increased its support for the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to over 100 million euros, from which the Federal Foreign Office will receive 29 million euros for humanitarian assistance and evacuation measures. In his speech at the World Health Summit on 19 October, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed sending a civilian EU mission to the areas hit by Ebola.
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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:
In view of the dramatic situation in West Africa, an interministerial meeting on Germany’s engagement in the fight against the Ebola outbreak was held at the Federal Foreign Office today (19 September), headed by State Secretary Markus Ederer. Besides supporting the United Nations emergency mission, the state secretaries agreed on the following tangible steps measures:
05.08.2014 | Federal Minister Müller announced today that in view of the widening Ebola crisis in West Africa the German government will respond by stepping up its assistance to fight the disease.
The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is the worst epidemic since the virus was discovered in 1976. In view of the increasing number of Ebola cases and the danger that the disease will spread uncontrollably, the Federal Foreign Office has provided 1.3 million euros to date to help combat the virus. This funding is supporting the work of the non-governmental organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.
With regard to the support Germany is providing within the context of the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security, Minister of State Maria Böhmer issued the following statement:
“We must do everything we can to support the people in West Africa in the fight against the Ebola virus and to prevent a spread of the disease. I am very glad that the Federal Foreign Office can play a role in helping to contain the epidemic as quickly as possible.”
01.03.2013 Berlin – The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development today presented a new development strategy for fragile and conflict-ridden states.
The new strategy is entitled "Development for Peace and Security: Development Policy in the Context of Conflict, Fragility and Violence". It replaces the Cross-Sectoral Strategy on Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Peace-Building from 2005.
At the beginning of the New Year, Germany has once again pledged funds of 1.5 million euros for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown. The German government thus makes a further contribution to support the Special Court's future work, which depends on voluntary funding by the international community. The court is primarily responsible for trying surviving leaders of the extremely brutal civil war, during which approximately 10 per cent of the population was killed or wounded.
The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.
In 2001, the Federal Foreign Office Task Force for Humanitarian Aid funded aid projects around the world to a tune of DM 131.6 million (67.1 million euro), representing an increase of 13% on the year 2000. A total of approximately 470 projects were financed, of which 40 projects were concerned with humanitarian demining.
The situation in the parts of the country controlled by UN troops or the government has stabilized during the last few months.
The Lomé peace agreement between the government of Sierra Leone and the rebel movement Revolutionary United Front (RUF), signed on July 7, 1999 is a crucial first step toward ending years of civil war. In Resolution 1270 (1999) of October 22, 1999, the Security Council decided to send a 6000-strong UN peace mission to Sierra Leone, currently the largest in Africa.