At the request of the government of Sierra Leone and under the auspices of the UN, the UK is co-ordinating the international mission in Sierra Leone to control, contain and ultimately defeat Ebola. The government of Sierra Leone is asking friends in the international community to work with the UK in assisting millions of Sierra Leoneans in their hour of need.
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an unprecedented human tragedy. The UN has declared it a public health crisis requiring an urgent international response. Thousands of medical and support staff are needed and the UN has called for $1 billion in response.
The conference highlighted the scale of the Ebola crisis, building on the outcomes and momentum from the UN General Assembly and looking ahead to an EU donor conference for the wider West Africa region, provisionally planned for the end of October.
The international community must urgently step up its response. That means committing the necessary financial resources as well as critical capabilities – from medical expertise to transport to vital supplies.