Israel Joining International Efforts to Combat Ebola

Humanitarian assistance group IsraAID announces it is sending a team to join international community's fight against disease in Western Africa.

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Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia.
Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Credit: AP
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Israel is increasing its assistance effort to help combat Ebola in Africa, Israel media reported Sunday.

IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, announced on its Facebook page Friday that it is sending a team to join the international community in fighting the spread of Ebola in Western Africa.

The announcement came a day after Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, called Ebola a "global crisis" that "requires a global response" at a special Security Council meeting.

"Israel stands ready to join an international task force to combat the Ebola outbreak," he said Thursday. "In the meantime, we have sent emergency funding to Sierra Leone and medical supplies to Ethiopia. We have also coordinated with the World Health Organization and sent experts in public health and infectious diseases to Cameroon. They have trained dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical staff from six different hospitals on how to prevent and contain the disease. Israeli NGOs are now preparing to send another team to Sierra Leone."

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