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JICA USA September/October 2014

Highlighting JICA’s response to the Ebola outbreak

The Government of Japan, through JICA, has donated emergency relief supplies to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in response to the Ebola outbreak that is continuing to spread throughout these three countries. JICA has also dispatched two experts in response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

On the morning of September 4, 2014 H.E. Mr. Naoto Nikai, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Musu J. Ruhle, Charge d'Affairs of Liberia High Commission in Ghana, Ms. Pippa Bradford, Country Director of WFP Ghana, Mr. Hiroshi Sumiyoshi, Senior Representative JICA Ghana and other officials participated in a handover ceremony to commemorate the delivery of Japanese relief items to Liberia. The ceremony took place at a WFP/UNHRD Ghana warehouse in Accra. The items will be airlifted from Accra and will be received by National Ebola Task Force in Liberia, which will distribute the supplies to several ETUs (Ebola Treatment Units).

On September 5, 2014 JICA delivered Emergency Relief Goods to the Government of Sierra Leone at a central storage of the Ghanaian's Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

As detailed in the below table, the supplies include tents, generators, water purifiers and water tanks that total an estimated $865,000 in value (including transportation costs). The donations will be used in hospitals and clinics, which continue to experience growing numbers of patients and are at full capacity. Lack of water and electricity are also important concerns these supplies will address in part.

PhotoMrs. Ruhle, Charge d’Affairs of Liberia High Commission in Ghana receives relief item from H.E. Mr. Nikai, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana.

PhotoMr. Milhaud of UNHRD briefs Mrs. Ruhle H.E. and Amb. Nikai about items to be sent to Liberia by WFP/UNHRD.

JICA's In-Kind Donations to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

PhotoBreakdown of JICA’s in-kind donations to the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola epidemic

In addition to the emergency supplies, JICA is also providing Sierra Leone and Liberia 20,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as part of a first round of PPE distribution. The PPEs have been donated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and up to 100,000 sets may eventually be distributed as needed.

JICA has also been supporting the fight against Ebola through technical cooperation efforts, including support for centers of containment, enhancement of border control along national borders as well as at airports and seaports, enhancement of control measures at medical institutions and support for educational campaigns (notably in Nigeria and Zambia, where Ebola's spread was contained).

Additionally, on October 20th, two experts from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases left for Sierra Leone, where they plan to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO)'s mission in response to the Ebola outbreak. The Government of Japan is in talks with the WHO about sending additional Japanese expert to Ebola-affected countries.

As of October 21st, the World Health Organization confirmed that over 4,500 people had died of the Ebola virus.

PhotoEmergency Relief Goods from Japan offloaded from a track.


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