Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Norway doubles support for fight against Ebola

Norway is doubling its support for the fight against Ebola, and will be contacting the UN, the UK Government and other relevant actors to offer personnel and equipment for their operations. A new contribution of NOK 89 million brings Norway’s total funding for the fight against Ebola to just over NOK 184 million.

‘The situation is critical in the West African countries that are affected by the disease. The outbreak is spreading faster than the response. Efforts need to be significantly and rapidly stepped up in order to stop the outbreak,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

‘The health sector has both personnel and equipment that can be made available. We will determine, in consultation with the UN and other involved actors, how we can make the most useful contribution,’ said Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.

‘Preparations are underway to provide air transport for personnel and equipment if needed. We have entered into an agreement on the use of civilian air ambulance capacity from the US and other countries for evacuating Norwegian citizens in the event of suspected or confirmed Ebola infection. We are also seeking to make a C-130 Hercules aircraft available as a back-up solution,’ said Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The new allocation represents a doubling of Norway’s support for the efforts to fight Ebola. Norway’s contribution now totals NOK 184.2 million, including the NOK 15 million allocated to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

In recent weeks, the Ministry of Health and Care Services, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, has drawn up measures to address the Ebola outbreak, including preparedness for evacuation of infected persons and assistance to the affected countries in West Africa.

The allocation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make it possible to provide personnel and equipment for the efforts in West Africa. Some of the allocation will also be given in the form of funding to the UN, the Red Cross and other NGOs.

Furthermore, isolation facilities at Oslo University Hospital will be available for treating international health workers, if the need arises.  

 

Related news

Latest news

Biggest feed barge delivery ever

At the shipyard in Gdynia Poland, 7 feed barges were recently loaded onboard the vessel Jumbo Vision. The barges are destined for Canada and will be operational this summer. 

Max Planck and CMR cooperation

Scientists at Christian Michelsen Research are currently developing, together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (Germany), the Field Kelvin Probe (FKP). This FKP will enable contactless detect...

Consilium equips 48 buildings in Galway, Ireland, with lifesaving panels

Consilium Building Safety has received a strategical order from our Irish distributor...

CADCAM options for the open-minded

“Naval architects log into the Vestdavit digital library and can download exactly what they need within a couple of minutes,

DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017 for smart underwater robotics

Marco Bibuli was announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017, which took place in Cardiff this year. The Italian maritime robotics expert, working at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA in Genova, was honoure...

Record Number Applications for the Innovation Award!

A total of 28 applications for the Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Award, – which includes a check for NOK 100 000 – has been received by the deadline the 1st of May. This represents a 36% increase from record year ...

Midt-Norsk Havbruk and Plastsveis enter into agreement to build smolt facility

“We have followed the development of technology for smolt production carefully for several years,

DNV GL launches on-demand, web-based forecasting at WindPower 2017

Energy traders and plant operators gain online access to hourly forecast data at plant and regional level...

International Quality Awards announced

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) launches a series of quality awards designed to recognize the contribution of quality professionals across the globe.