Office of the Spokesperson
May 22, 2018
The United States announced today at the World Health Assembly in Geneva an additional up to $7 million to respond to the emerging outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including $5 million authorized by Secretary Pompeo. This will bring U.S. funding to help combat the most recent outbreak of this deadly disease to a total of up to $8 million at this stage. The funds will support the World Health Organization’s plan to provide a rapid, localized outbreak control. The plan consists of surveillance, case investigation, contact tracing, case management, safe burials, community engagement, and social mobilization.
The United States commends the proactive efforts of the Congolese and our international partners to confront this outbreak and to help prevent a global health crisis. We welcome the contributions of our international partners and urge other countries to contribute to this effort, as well as to long-term global health security capacity building efforts aimed at preventing future crises.
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