EU expects Ebola crisis to continue into 2015

Thursday, September 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

After massive criticism, European countries have pledged to step up aid for Ebola-affected countries. Enough money would be available, but there’s a lack of trained personnel, say EU experts.

“There were a lot of meetings and sessions on a European level, on an international level and with the governments of countries affected by Ebola,” said Phillipe Maughan from the EU’s aid organization ECHO upon his return from a short roundtrip through Liberia and Sierra Leone. “What’s lacking are people who work on the frontlines in the fight against Ebola.”

Joanne Liu, head of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders’ chose even more drastic words in a hearing at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

“The world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grip with this transnational threat. In West Africa, cases and deaths continue to surge; riots are breaking out; isolation centers are overwhelmed,” she said.

Liu’s organization of doctors is treating roughly two thirds of all Ebola patients in West Africa. Doctors Without Borders’ receive some of their funds from the EU Commission in Brussels.

“There are no medical batallions”

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