International aid agency Oxfam is calling on the Australian Government and the international community to develop a multi-million dollar post-Ebola recovery plan to put the West Africa countries hit by the crisis back on their feet.
International aid agency Oxfam today said the international response to Ebola must continue at full speed after the UN announced that the December 1 deadline to bring the outbreak of the deadly disease under control will not be met.
Nine of the G20 countries have failed to deliver adequate support in the fight against Ebola, and summit host Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is yet to grasp the full economic significance of the outbreak, Oxfam said today.
Oxfam welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that it has secured an agreement guaranteeing medical treatment and evacuation arrangements for Australian citizens responding to the outbreak in West Africa, as well as $24 million worth of additional support to respond to the crisis.
Today marks the half way point in the UN’s 60 day Ebola response plan to bring the outbreak under control by the end of November and while progress is being made, more needs to be done to contain the disease before this window closes.
In a battle against the clock, with less than two months left in the window set out by the UN to curb the spread of the Ebola virus ravaging in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, there is still a crippling shortfall in military staff to provide the logistical support that is desperately needed. This includes building treatment centres, providing flights and both engineering and logistical support.
International agency Oxfam is planning to triple its Ebola prevention program in Sierra Leone and needs at least $18 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease.