Senegal: AU gets US$50,000 booster for fighting Ebola Virus Disease

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Thursday received a US$50,000 grant from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) towards the ongoing fight against the Ebola Virus Disease on the continent, according to a statement obtained by PANA here from the Commission.

It said the PTA Bank provided the capacity building grant to the Africa against Ebola Solidarity Trust (AAEST).

To recognize the donation, a memorandum of understanding was signed at the AUC headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and PTA Bank President and Chief Executive, Mr. Admassu Tadesse.

Appreciating the Bank’s contribution, Dlamini Zuma said that the fight against Ebola was continuing.

“The last mile seems to be the most difficult,” she said, adding that the PTA Bank came in at the right time, as the AU Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) mission needs to be on the ground for some time to come.

According to AUC, the funds will be utilized to support the establishment of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC) in order to build the continent's capacity for dealing with public health emergencies in the future.

Tadesse expressed the bank’s commitment to continuing its support. He said: “The PTA Bank has a duty to throw its support behind the leadership of the African Union.”

AAEST was set up as a charitable trust under the laws of Mauritius for the purpose of raising funds to be deployed to train, equip and deploy African health workers in the fight against Ebola, to build long term local health capacity and continental capacity for disease control.
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26 march 2015 17:07:29

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