The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 30,000 euros as disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The island nations that were hardest hit and are in need of humanitarian assistance are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Foreign Minister Sven Mikser says a number of countries have pledged aid for the island nations. “Estonia is also responding to the plea for assistance to meet basic needs such as availability of clean drinking water or provision of medical care.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocates €100 000 to make humanitarian aid more effective, transparent and to improve its quality.
Foreign Ministry allocates 135,000 euros to three Estonian NGOs to alleviate the situation of the internally displaced persons and victims of conflict in Ukraine. Allocation is for the NGOs Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Estonian Refugee Council and Mondo, that initiated a charity campaign “For Ukraine” in October 2014.
Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia will help to alleviate the situation of the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal with 50 000 euros through the World Health Organization (WHO).
Estonia, in cooperation with the United Kingdom, is sending hand sanitizer and antibacterial liquid soap to Sierra Leone to prevent the further spread of Ebola in West Africa. The disinfectants will be introduced at Ebola treatment and prevention centres located in Sierra Leone, whose activities are coordinated by the United Kingdom.
The foreign ministry is supporting the World Health Organization in preventing the further spread of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Foreign minister Urmas Paet said that it is a very rapidly spreading virus, which needs to be stopped quickly. “We must prevent a major epidemic, which according to the worst case scenario could begin to massively spread in Guinea and to neighbouring countries,” he added.
Estonia is supporting the effort to alleviate the situation of internally displaced people suffering violence in the Central African Republic with 100 000 Euros.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the security, as well as humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic is complicated. “The religious violence that has erupted between various religious factions has resulted in hundreds of victims and close to a million internally displaced people,” noted Paet. “We must act decisively and quickly, in order to avoid a large-scale catastrophe,” he added.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting UNICEF’s activities geared towards combating polio in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Afghanistan is a partner of Estonia’s development co-operation, and one of the essential sectors that Estonia is helping to develop there is the health care sector. “Estonia supported UNICEF’s anti-polio campaign in Helmand Province, Afghanistan last year as well, and this year we decided to continue supporting UNICEF’s work,” he said.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the activities of UNICEF geared towards combating polio in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Ministry is aiding victims of the crisis in Syria through the UN Emergency Response Fund for Syria (ERF) with 50 000 euros.
The Foreign Ministry is donating 50 000 euros through the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF to support the organisation’s activities in ensuring that children who have been separated from their parents and have no guardian receive the necessary humanitarian aid for survival as well as protection from violence and from becoming victims of human trafficking. The UNICEF project aims to help at least 1200 Yemeni children as well as children that have fled from Somalia.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the outfitting of the health care employee training centre located in the city of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, as well as the general development of the health care sector in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
The Foreign Ministry is allocating funds from its humanitarian aid budget to support the activities of UNICEF in aiding the victims of flooding in Pakistan. The country, which was ravaged by floods a year ago, experienced greater monsoon rains that predicted, which have once again caused an emergency situation.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the project of the NPO Mondo to create a system that actively involves Estonian society in supporting widows, single mothers, orphans and street children that are struggling in Afghanistan.
Estonia is supporting the activities of UNICEF is alleviating the situation of residents of Haiti, particularly woman and children, during the cholera epidemic. To this end the Foreign Ministry is allocating nearly 60 000 euros to support UNICEF.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the complicated humanitarian situation in Haiti, which suffered an earthquake at the beginning of this year, has gotten even worse as a result of the vast cholera epidemic that began in October. "Over 2 100 people have already died due to the epidemic, and nearly 45 000 have been taken to hospitals.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the counselling of children who suffer from war traumas as a result of the armed conflict in Georgia. The project is being implemented by Tallinn University, which is organising creative learning rooms for the children of the Ushapat village school in Georgia.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting the Psycho-social Rehabilitation Centre in the region of Gali in Georgia with 55 860 kroons, donated through the Gali Women's Association.
One of the priority activities of the Gali Women's Association is the development of the Psycho-social Rehabilitation Centre. The centre has been functional for five years, and its goal is to provide psychological support and counseling to the women and youth of the Gali region.
Estonia is donating one million kroons through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help alleviate the effects of the earthquake in Haiti.
The Foreign Ministry is supporting MT=DC Mondo in creating a supplementary training system for doctors in Helmand Province.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that developing the health care sector in Afghanistan is a very important goal of Estonian development co-operation. "In Helmand Province, which has a population comparable to that of Estonia, there are only slightly more than 1300 people in the health care sector and fewer than 100 of them are doctors," noted Foreign Minister Paet.
The oxygen delivery system of the central hospital of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, which Estonia helped the hospital procure, began functioning this week. Bost Hospital is the best and biggest hospital in Helmand Province, with beds for 150 patients and 34 doctors on staff. Together with out-patients, the hospital helps almost 300 people a day.