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Supporting health – saving lives

Our response to the Ebola epidemic


Health workers in an Ebola treatment and isolation centre in Sierra Leone putting on protective clothing

After the epidemic

Early 2014 saw the start in West Africa of the worst ever epidemic of Ebola fever. The latest figures available to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the number of new infections and deaths indicate that the epidemic is now over. The health authorities of the countries affected reported a total of 28,646 diagnosed cases of Ebola to the WHO; 11,323 people died of the disease. more


Blood samples are being prepared with a centrifuge

What we are doing to fight Ebola

Fighting infectious diseases such as Ebola is one of the central aspects of German development cooperation. In that context, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) gives special priority to building the capacity of national health systems. The Ebola crisis of 2014 and 2015 has shown that this kind of approach is very important and appropriate. more


In an Ebola treatment and isolation centre in Sierra Leone: protective clothing and wellies drying in the air after having been cleaned

The BMZ's response to Ebola: facts and figures

Germany's involvement in the international efforts to halt the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was coordinated by an Ebola task force headed by Ambassador Walter Lindner, the German government's Special Representative for the Fight against Ebola. So far (as at March 2015), Germany has made available a total of 195 million euros for this effort, of which the BMZ has contributed about 105 million euros. more


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