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22nd July, 2019

Ebola in DRC; AHBN tasks African Philanthropists and Business Community


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Health Care Financing


Dr Aminu Magashi Garba the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has called on the African Philanthropists and Business Community to raise specific funding and step up their contribution to the on-going Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
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Written by By Aminu Magashi Garba  

Dr Aminu Magashi Garba the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has called on the African Philanthropists and Business Community to raise specific funding and step up their contribution to the on-going Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Amina made that passionate appeal after the World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) which was contained in a News Release on the 17th July 2019

The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

Dr. Tedros observed that “It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” and “Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances. We all owe it to these responders -- coming from not just WHO but also government, partners and communities -- to shoulder more of the burden.”

The News Release also revealed that the Emergency Committee has held its 4th meeting  since the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018 and expressed disappointment about delays in funding which have constrained the response. They also reinforced the need to protect livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open. It is essential to avoid the punitive economic consequences of travel and trade restrictions on affected communities.

“It is important that the world follows these recommendations. It is also crucial that states do not use the PHEIC as an excuse to impose trade or travel restrictions, which would have a negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region,” said Professor Robert Steffen, chair of the Emergency Committee.

Since it was declared almost a year ago the outbreak has been classified as a level 3 emergency – the most serious – by WHO, triggering the highest level of mobilization from WHO. The UN has also recognized the seriousness of the emergency by activating the Humanitarian System-wide Scale-Up to support the Ebola response.

Aminu of AHBN while calling on African Philanthropists and Business Community to raise specific funding has also appealed that an emergency meeting should be convened by the African Union and consider establishing “The African Financing Facility (AFF)” focusing on disease outbreaks and emergencies.

Dr Aminu Magashi Garba the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) has called on the African Philanthropists and Business Community to raise specific funding for Ebola in DRC

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