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August 26, 2014

JICA to Send Emergency Supplies to Liberia in Response to Ebola Outbreak

JICA will provide emergency supplies to Liberia, 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 Liberia, which shares a border with Guinea. The World Health Organization declared “a public health emergency of international concern” on Aug. 8, and the international community is working together to prevent spread of the infection. However, the number of patients in Liberia continues to increase.

According to WHO, the victims as of Aug. 20 include 624 people dead and 1082 infected (including suspected patients).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide emergency supplies including 100 tents, 500 blankets, 30 tarpaulin rolls (for 300 plastic sheets), 500 sleeping pads, 500 portable jerry cans, 25 generators with cord reels, 30 water purifiers and 30 water tanks with a total value of approximately US$293,000.

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

Arrangements are already underway to provide emergency supplies to Sierra Leone, and JICA is also preparing to provide emergency supplies to Guinea and Nigeria.

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