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Parliamentary questions
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10 September 2015
Question for written answer E-012701-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D)

 Subject:  Ebola remains a challenge
 Answer in writing 

Ebola remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases, having claimed a total number of lives exceeding 11 000 in 2014 and so far in 2015. Most of the victims are women and children. Our progress towards defeating the virus depends on sustained awareness, vaccination, rebuilding people’s trust in their health systems, and total compliance with the Health Standard Operating Procedures established by the WHO.

The EU’s total financial contribution to date to fighting the Ebola epidemic amounts to more than EUR 1.8 billion. The Commission has just approved an additional EUR 1 million in funding so that children orphaned and affected by Ebola receive education and psychosocial support.

The risk has receded but Ebola has not fully retreated and cases are still showing up.

What is the Commission doing at technical level to support the affected countries in their efforts to rebuild and reinforce their health system, strengthen their educational sectors, create social protection schemes and revitalise their economies?

What specific packages of prevention and control interventions has the Commission put in place? What challenges do we still have ahead?

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