Ethiopia: AU's mobile SMS fundraising campaign for launch in Lagos

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is to launch a mobile-phone enabled campaign to raise funds to support the fight against Ebola spread in West Africa, the AU’s top official said Tuesday.

AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the mobile telephone campaign, AfricaAgainstEbola, a Short Messaging Service (SMS) by telephone operators with a combined subscriber base of 700 million, would be launched Wednesday in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dlamini-Zuma said the campaign was part of African solutions to African problems and was a major step in efforts by Africa to find ways of looking after “ourselves and not let others help us”.

African business leaders met at a meeting organized by the AU on 8 Nov. where they immediately raised US$28.5 million to help the AU deploy health workers to the three countries worst-affected by Ebola.

The subsequent contributions reached US$32 million afterwards, Dlamini-Zuma said last week.

The AU launched a drive to respond to the Ebola outbreak after countries worst-affected by the outbreak, complained about lack of deliveries on cash and other resource pledges.

At least 87 medical workers are currently working as part of an AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), approved by the AU’s Peace and Security Council to boost the response.

The flag-off of the campaign Wednesday, would take place at the same time as the launch of a team of 250 health workers from Nigeria.
-0- PANA AO/VAO 2Dec2014

02 december 2014 13:28:04

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