WHO and China Sign New Agreement on Ebola Response

WHO and China have today signed a new funding agreement to support the response to the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), illustrating the strengthening of collaborative efforts between WHO and China towards the advancement of global public health. As of 26 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the DRC had reported 83 confirmed cases in North Kivu Province and 47 confirmed deaths.

“China’s support will help WHO save lives and bring this outbreak under control as quickly as possible,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “It’s a strong statement of solidarity with the people of DRC, and builds on previous joint responses to public health crises in Africa, Syria and Yemen. We are committed to working together to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.”

In response to this latest outbreak, the Ministry of Health of the DRC has rapidly initiated response mechanisms in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, with support from WHO and partners. Priorities include the establishment and strengthening of surveillance, contact tracing, laboratory capacity, clinical management, community engagement, and preparedness activities in neighbouring provinces and countries, among others.

The support from China will contribute to WHO’s response capacity in North Kivu. The government in Beijing also plans to send staff on secondment from Chinese national health authorities to the WHO response effort.

As of 19 August 2018, WHO had deployed over 100 technical and logistics specialists to support the Ebola response activities. Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partner institutions continue to support the response as well as ongoing readiness and preparedness activities in non-affected provinces of the DRC and in neighbouring countries.

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