Ethiopia to Deploy 210 Volunteers to Ebola-Hit Countries Within Two Weeks

Ebola response roadmap prepared by the Word Health Organization, October 17th, 2014. (Credit: WHO)

Xinhua/Shanghai Daily

Nov 26,2014

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia on Tuesday announced that it will be deploying about 210 volunteers to Ebola-hit West African countries in two weeks.

Responding to the call of the African Union (AU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country’s commitment to the African solidarity, Ethiopia earlier pledged to provide support to the Ebola-affected West African countries by deploying health professionals, said Ahmed Imano, Director of Public Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Health.

Ahmed said the East African country had also pledged to provide financial support amounting half a million U.S. dollars to support the intervention in addressing the epidemic.

To implement the pledge, Ethiopia has recruited the 210 volunteers out of the 1,100 registered volunteers, according to the director, who was speaking to the press in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

The volunteers would be deployed in the three most affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

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