Russian goverment allots up to $8 million for fighting Ebola virus in Africa

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order regarding Russia's involvement in the international effort to contain the Ebola virus, says a report posted on the government website on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order regarding Russia's involvement in the international effort to contain the Ebola virus, says a report posted on the government website on Wednesday.

The order allots up to $8 million from the federal budget in 2015 for financing the Russian contribution to the international humanitarian campaign in Ebola-stricken Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Up to $2 million will be donated as a lump sum contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO) budget.

Up to $2 million more will be a lump sum contribution to the budget of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The World Bank's emergency fund assisting Ebola-ridden countries will receive a lump sum contribution of up to $3 million.

The Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund of the United Nations will get a lump sum contribution of up to $1 million.

Russia's RUSAL opens Ebola center in Guinea>>>

A center for microbiological research and medical treatment of patients infected with epidemic diseases was dedicated in a ceremony in Kindia (Guinea) on Jan. 17 as part of Russia's effort to assist the fight against Ebola and to strengthen the local healthcare system. The center was built and equipped by the RUSAL company, a leading global aluminium producer, with active assistance from the Russian embassy in Conakry. Investment amounted to over $10 million. The Centre’s premises include an infection hospital, a provisional hospital, a mobile laboratory and a blood and plasma transfusion department with a laboratory. The Centre will initially serve as a hospital for the treatment of those infected with the Ebola virus.

Chances of Ebola epidemic reaching Russia are slim, say researchers>>>

According to a study published by the Mobs Laboratory at Boston's Northeastern University, the Ebola virus has a 1 percent chance of appearing in Russia in October. In comparison, there is a 75-percent chance of the epidemic appearing in France.

 

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