Ebola: Overview of AU’s activities to combat Ebola by Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko
The African Union Commission (AUC) has initiated preparations for the African Union support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) as a contribution to on-going efforts at addressing the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.
The AUC will deploy ASEOWA with an initial strength of 100 medical personnel (both civilian and military) sourced from AU member states. The first batch of 30 volunteers under ASEOWA, to be deployed to Liberia, is now at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa and is undergoing pre deployment briefing to prepare them for the mission.
The team, comprising epidemiologists, clinicians, public health specialists and communications personnel, is expected to depart the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa on Wednesday 17th September. All the experts are volunteers coming from five countries i.e. Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Ethioipa.
ASEOWA is expected to enhance the capacity of existing national and international response mechanisms through mobilisation of technical expertise, resources, political and financial support. It will complement the efforts of on-going humanitarian assistance and coordinate support provided to the affected member states to augment field response operations. It will also support public awareness and preventive measures across Africa and specifically in the affected region.
A multi- stakeholder steering committee, the Ebola Strategic Task Force, has been established at the AU Commission in Addis Ababa to spearhead the coordination and planning for ASEOWA operations.
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