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September 25, 2014

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

JICA will provide emergency supplies to the Republic of Guinea, 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 been spreading inWest Africa. The World Health Organization declared “a public health emergency of international concern” on Aug. 8, and the international community is working together to prevent the spread of the infection. However, the number of patients in Guinea continues to increase and President Alpha Condé declared a national health emergency on Aug. 13.

According to WHO, the victims as of Sept. 22 include 632 people dead and 1,008 infected (including suspected patients).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide emergency supplies including 500 sleeping pads, 200 portable jerry cans, 38 generators, 50 cord reels, 50 water purifiers, 13 water tanks and 290 non-contact thermometers with a total value of approximately US$289,000.

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

JICA has already provided emergency supplies to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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