Israel Joins Global Aid Effort to Combat Ebola

Israel's Foreign Aid Office will send emergency equipment and medical experts to West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola.

Cynthia Blank,

Health worker responds to Ebola case in Dalla
Health worker responds to Ebola case in Dalla
Reuters

Israel's Foreign Office, responding to world-wide requests from many governments, the UN Secretary-General, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other international and Israeli organizations, has decided to increase the contribution of Israeli aid to combat the spread of Ebola. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation and the agency for international aid, will send three mobile emergency clinics to areas of West Africa where there is a high risk of Ebola infection. 

This contribution comes on the heels of Israel sending medical health experts to Cameroon in September. That team was received favorably by the local government. 

These clinics, produced in Israel, were built on the basis of standards and guidelines dictated by the World Health Organization for the treatment of Ebola. Israel will also be providing clinic staff and medical experts to run operations and equipment in the West African areas. Staff training will focus on preventing the spread of the disease and raising awareness among populations with high infection potential.  

In addition, the Foreign Ministry sent emergency equipment to the Government of Sierra Leone and in recent weeks has shipped personal protection equipment for the African Union.

Although several Ebola scares have occurred in Israel, most notably in Jerusalem and Kfar Saba, they have so far all been ruled out. More recently, the United States has seen the diagnosis of its first Ebola patient, who may have come in contact with 100 other individuals. 


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