The £3 million package pledged by the UK towards the fight against the Ebola virus will provide clothing, food and blankets to sufferers and help organisations tracing and fighting the disease.
According to the Department for International Development:
- £1.25 million will go towards strengthening the national health systems of Sierra Leone and Liberia, focusing on improving their capacity to deliver health care.
- £1 million will go towards organisations like Save the Children to help them expand the investigation, monitoring and tracing of new Ebola cases.
- £500,000 will go towards providing support to families and communities affected by Ebola, including help and counselling for children orphaned by the disease.
- £250,000 will help Médecins Sans Frontières improve specialist clinical care to Ebola patients.
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said: “It is absolutely critical that the UK helps to make sure the Ebola outbreak is contained. At the same time we are working with our partners to care for people affected by the outbreak, particularly children left without their parents."
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