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Democratic Republic of Congo: Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help alleviate the effects of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (247219)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is funding Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Belgium's emergency epidemiological survey and response health project that has responded to the current outbreak with the provision of adapted isolation units and specialist staff. With funds from the humanitarian pooled fund (to which DFID provides 50 per cent. of funding), the World Health Organisation (WHO) is providing additional specialised health input. WHO received $6.3 million from the humanitarian pooled fund in 2008.

The WHO Health Actions in Crisis department (WHO/HAC) in Geneva has sent one of their epidemiologists to the region. DFID is providing £1.95 million to WHO/HAC in 2008.

No requests for any further funding have been received by DFID in response to this current Ebola outbreak. DFID DRC will continue to monitor the situation, and any need for funding, closely.