Cote d'Ivoire: IFRC steps up operations in fighting against Ebola

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced on Wednesday that it would step up operations aimed at fighting the Ebola virus disease in order to help millions people recover from the deadly epidemic in the three most affected West African countries.

In a statement made available to PANA, the head of the IFCR Ebola support and coordination unit, Birte Hald, said that the ultimate goal is to restore the conditions for a rapid return to a healthy society, with sustainable livelihoods, psychosocial well-being and human development that can foster a more inclusive society.

However, he noted that the immediate priority was to end the epidemic in Guinea and Sierra Leone, and to mobilize volunteers for further commitment to the communities following a confirmed new case in Liberia.

IFRC raised US$ 210.5 million in its emergency funding appeals for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Now it seeks an additional US$ 93.1 million to support its response and recovery activities until 2017.

According to the statement, planned interventions will focus on assistance to 22.8 million people, especially the most vulnerable - Ebola survivors, orphans and vulnerable children in affected households, the Red Cross and volunteers in communities.

Hald said that recovery from the Ebola outbreak might take more time than the epidemic itself, and that with the three revised emergency appeals that were yet to be met, additional resources would be necessary to help communities better rebuild their lives.

"Even though no case is reported in the three countries, the complete reconstruction still takes years. For that to happen, we again call upon the international community not to shy away from providing assistance to the people of West Africa to help them rebuild their lives,"  Hald emphasized.
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01 july 2015 18:44:49

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