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Germany strengthens Ebola prevention in Gambia

Dec 9, 2014, 8:57 AM

Within the framework of its global assistance in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus disease, the Federal Republic of Germany has given support to The Gambia in strengthening its Ebola prevention measures.

Germany has allocated 108.7 Million € for West Africa, and in September 2014 the Gambian branch of the German charitable organization, ASB, initiated a project entitled “Precaution measures in case of an Ebola outbreak in currently unaffected countries.”

The project with a budget of GMD 8,250,000 was financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-financed by ASB Germany and ASB Gambia.

It will be implemented in cooperation with the Gambia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to support and complement the government’s efforts in keeping the Gambia Ebola-free.

The project aims at the protection of front-line workers and other health personnel. ASB Gambia will train 120 nurses and health personnel in the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to prevent contamination when dealing with patients in case of any outbreak.

In addition, 30 health facilities will be equipped with protective materials such as protective suits, gloves and boots, as well as chlorine, sprayers, plastic foil and non-touch thermometers to make sure that helpers will have the necessary material for their protection.