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August 25, 2014

JICA to Send Emergency Supplies to Sierra Leone in Response to Ebola Outbreak

JICA will provide emergency supplies to Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak is spreading, after receiving a request from the government there.

After its first appearance in Guinea in March, the infection has spread to Sierra Leone, which shares a border with Guinea. The government of Sierra Leone announced a state of emergency July 31, and the World Health Organization declared “a public health emergency of international concern” on Aug. 8.

According to WHO, the victims as of Aug. 18 include 374 people dead and 907 infected (including suspected patients).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide emergency supplies including 70 tents, 400 blankets, 40 tarpaulin rolls (for 400 plastic sheets), 400 sleeping pads, 400 portable jerry cans, 40 water tanks and 31 generators with cord reels, with a total value of approximately US$283,000.

The supplies will be delivered to Sierra Leone using the earliest available flight.

JICA also plans to provide emergency supplies to other affected countries (Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria).

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