DRC: EU allocates €50 million to fight Ebola and malnutrition
The European Union (EU) has allocated €50 million to help fight the spread of Ebola and malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The EU says the funds will be used to provide support for people in the DRC, most notably in regard to food security and access to quality health services. The DRC is currently grappling with the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history and efforts to deliver health care are being hampered by a lack of funding and violence.
The EU provides €50 million for DRC aid
Speaking about the allocation of funds in a statement, the European Union’s Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, explained how the money will be used.
“The Ebola epidemic in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with the food security crisis, are worsening the humanitarian situation,” she said. “We are stepping up our support to respond to the basic needs of the population. Our new €50 million support will increase access to health care, improve the nutrition status of families, especially children, and access to clean water.”
The majority of the funds – €40 million – will be used to provide free health care in the DRC, including efforts against the DRC outbreak and malnutrition among those affected by food shortages. The remaining €10 million will be used to tackle food security.
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