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China to provide emergency aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other African countries to control Ebola

CIDCA| Updated: 2019-08-22

The Ebola epidemic is still spreading in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the lives of the people of the country and neighboring ones are seriously threatened.

On August 22, Tian Lin, spokesperson for the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), briefed reporters on the emergency humanitarian assistance provided by the Chinese government to affected African countries to help them deal with the outbreak.

Tian said that considering the development of the epidemic and the needs of African countries, the Chinese government has decided to urgently provide testing, protection and rescue materials to the countries with high risk of epidemic such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan. China will continue to send public health experts to work in Africa. Aid materials will be airlifted to the above-mentioned countries in the near future, and the expert group will rush to the affected areas.

At the same time, the Chinese government is actively cooperating with the World Health Organization and the African Union Commission to control the epidemic and prevent its expansion, and jointly supporting all affected countries in their fight against Ebola.

Tian said that since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018, the Chinese government has provided multiple rounds of funding for the prevention and control of the disease in African countries through various bilateral channels, including funds, materials, technology and training.

China calls on the international community to continue to increase its attention to and support for the prevention and control of epidemics in African countries and help them overcome the current epidemic as soon as possible.


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