Recovery conference in New York

Germany is supporting West Africa following the Ebola crisis

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Press release of 11.07.2015 |

Berlin, New York – Almost 200 million euros are to be provided for rebuilding the health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is Germany’s contribution to help foster the rapid economic and social recovery of these three West African countries following the devastating Ebola epidemic. The pledge was announced yesterday by the German representative at an international conference on Ebola recovery hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.

Speaking in Berlin, Minister Müller commented: "The aim of our support is to provide help where our partner countries need it the most; in Liberia, for example, temporary centres for treating Ebola are being converted into long-term structures. What the people need most of all are positive prospects for the future, they need to be able to feed themselves quickly. That is why, for me, it is also important that education and training programmes for young people are a focus of our support. The international community needs to employ a coordinated approach when it comes to supporting the recovery efforts in the affected countries. The recovery conference hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the right way to go.”

The 196 million euros that has been pledged from the budget of the development ministry (BMZ) includes funding that is being provided as part of the special programme, Health in Africa, which Development Minister Müller launched in the spring of 2015 in response to the Ebola crisis.

This funding is to be used to strengthen the health systems of the three countries hit by Ebola and improve their resilience to outbreaks of disease. In addition to this funding, Germany is also investing in energy and transport infrastructure, and in basic education and employment promotion – especially to help women and young people. These measures will create a solid basis for stable economic and social development in these countries.

The German government already provided numerous experts and committed some 195 million euros in 2014 for humanitarian and medical assistance, training and equipment, and development projects. Germany has been a close partner of the three countries for almost six decades and is one of the few bilateral donors actively engaged in the region.

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