Netherlands Sending Vessel With Health Supplies To Liberia As Ebola War Continues


The Kingdom of Netherlands is sending a vessel laden with anti-Ebola supplies to Liberia, the country’s Ambassador Hans Docker has disclosed. He said the vessel is expected to arrive in the country in two weeks, according to an Executive Mansion release. Continue reading “Netherlands Sending Vessel With Health Supplies To Liberia As Ebola War Continues”

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EU Denounces Capital Punishment


The European Union and the Council of Europe have reaffirmed their strong and absolute opposition to capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and their commitment to its worldwide abolition.

In a Joint Statement by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the EU said “We are deeply concerned about setbacks in some countries, such as recent mass trials leading to a vast number of death sentences, the extension in domestic legislation of the scope of the death penalty’s use, or the resumption of executions after a period of several years.” Continue reading “EU Denounces Capital Punishment”

Ebola Crisis: EU Organizes Airlift Operation To West Africa


Brussels/Dakar, 7 October 2014 – The European Union is scaling up its response to the Ebola disease in West Africa with an airlift operation to the affected countries. The European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) will facilitate the transportation of relief items to West Africa. In addition, the EU will fund and coordinate if necessary the evacuation of international staff from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Continue reading “Ebola Crisis: EU Organizes Airlift Operation To West Africa”

Kofi Woods Mobilizes ‘Fastest’ Ebola Test Machine, Other support For Liberia


Renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator
Renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator

As the Ebola Virus disease ravages the country, a renowned Liberian human rights lawyer Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, is mobilizing strong international support to help the government and the country deal with the killer disease, with a pending arrival of what would be the fastest Ebola test machine in Liberia.

The Philips Corporation, an electronics manufacturing giant says it will shortly roll out the improved diagnosis equipment for the quick detection of the Ebola virus disease.

Mr. Ties Kroezen, Venture Manager of Philips Africa’s Incubator, made the disclosure during a meeting with Atty. Woods Wednesday in the Netherlands.

According to Mr. Ties Kroezen the new testing equipment which will take seconds to diagnose Ebola, will be rolled in out in a matter of weeks. “It is expected that when this machine comes into use, it will take seconds to diagnose cases of Ebola,” Kroezen told Woods.

The Ebola diagnostic device discussed is awaiting approval by WHO for deployment. When approved, WHO will take responsibility for local distribution, according to Woods.

“We are also in contact with USAID and the US Department of Defense about using this device. The US DOD is already using the standard version of these devices and should be easily able to use the Ebola-version,” a dispatch from Holland noted. Continue reading “Kofi Woods Mobilizes ‘Fastest’ Ebola Test Machine, Other support For Liberia”

Kenya Gives US$1M Against Ebola In MRU Region– Reviews Suspension KQ Flights


Release: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Government of Kenya has announced that it would donate US$1 M (One Million United States Dollars) to aid Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The disclosure of Kenya’s commitment to support countries worst-affected by Ebola was made by Kenyan Cabinet Secretary and its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Amina C. Mohamed when she met Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan on Monday, September 8, 2014 on the margins of the Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola Outbreak in Africa. Continue reading “Kenya Gives US$1M Against Ebola In MRU Region– Reviews Suspension KQ Flights”

USAID Announces US$5m More Aid For W/Africa Ebola Response


Official Logo of the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID
Official Logo of the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $5 million to help combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The announcement brings USAID’s commitment for the Ebola response to nearly $19.6 million since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014.

Jeremy Konyndyk, Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, announced the additional funding in Monrovia, Liberia, during his three-day visit with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Konyndyk and Frieden arrived in Monrovia on August 24 to assess the impact of the Ebola outbreak first-hand, review response activities, and discuss disease prevention and treatment strategies with Liberian officials.

“It will take a coordinated effort by the entire international community to contain the spread of Ebola,” said Konyndyk. “The United States is working closely with the World Health Organization, the governments of affected countries, and other partners on the ground to identify the greatest needs and deploy critical resources to affected areas.”

The additional funding will be used to provide health equipment and emergency supplies, train and support health care workers on infection control and case management, support public outreach campaigns, and help build the capacity of local health care and emergency response systems.

The announcement comes just days after USAID airlifted more than 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment to Liberia, including 10,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), water treatment systems, water tanks capable of storing 10,000 liters each, and 100 rolls of plastic sheeting, which can be used in the construction of Ebola treatment units. USAID deployed a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on August 5 to coordinate the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts in West Africa. The DART has more than 25 members operating in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Expresses Deep Concern Over “Exaggerated” Reactions against Ebola Affected Countries


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan says while it is understandable that countries not affected by the Ebola outbreak may take measures to protect their citizens, they should heed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations which do not support travel or trade restrictions on Liberia and other countries hit by the Ebola virus. Continue reading “Liberia’s Foreign Minister Expresses Deep Concern Over “Exaggerated” Reactions against Ebola Affected Countries”