African Union to Mobilize Resources for Ebola Response  

ADDIS ABEBA –  African Union said it will mobilize resources from the African private sector and other partners in response to the current Ebola Outbreak in DRC since August 2018.

The announcement follows the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the current outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The designation signals a public health risk to other countries and indicates that a coordinated international response might be needed.

The pan African bloc, on Thursday, says it has a plan to convene a forum of Africa against the Ebola Solidarity Trust Fund (AESTF), African private sector, and international partners in the first week of September 2019.

The aim of this Forum is to mobilize adequate resources to respond to the on-going Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) out in DRC, said African union.

Since the outbreak, the AU has taken a number of steps, through the Africa Centres for Disease, Prevention, and Control (Africa CDC) to support DR Congo in the fight against the epidemic, including the deployment of health volunteers and financial contribution.

“Given the seriousness of health, economic and security threat that the on-going EVD emergency poses to the continent, the African Union Peace and Security Council met on 23 July 2019 and requested the AU Commission to mobilize all resources to ensure adequate response,” says AU in a statement.

The AU Commission, four years ago, mobilized of African private sector, and partners and helped to bring to an end the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.

Apart from managing to send hundreds of volunteer health professionals to the region, it also raised 15 million USD from the African private sector to curb the health challenge in the sub-continent.

Photo Caption: Goma, North Kivu, DRC – 2019/06/15: Medical staff dressed in protective gear before entering an isolation area at an Ebola treatment center in Goma. (Photo Getty Images)