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December 1, 2014

JICA to Send Personal Protective Equipment and Japan Disaster Relief Teams in Response to Ebola Outbreak

JICA will provide Personal Protective Equipment as well as Japan Disaster Relief teams in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Since the first infected individual was found in March, Ebola has continued spreading, resulting in a shortage of PPE on the ground.

Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said in the United Nations General Assembly and on other occasions that Japan is ready to provide PPE. Following requests from the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali through diplomatic channels, JICA will provide approximately 700,000 sets of PPE to these countries.

Based on a request from the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch an aircraft of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as part of a Japan Disaster Relief team. Out of the aforementioned PPE, 20,000 sets will be transported to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, on the aircraft. In line with this, there are plans for another JDR team, consisting of members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SDF and JICA, to also be dispatched to Accra to coordinate receiving of SDF and PPE.

The remaining PPE will be transported by civil aircrafts to Dubai, where it will be handed over to the World Health Organization.

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