France to take new steps to tackle Ebola virus


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French response to Ebola - Press release by ambassador Michel Vandepoorter

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Visit by Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony (November 14, 2014)

Two months after her first visit to Guinea, Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony inaugurated the Ebola treatment center in Macenta (Guinea’s Forest Region) on November 14.

France provided €11 million in funding for this center, which was established at Guinea’s request in the country’s most affected area and will be managed by the French Red Cross.

Ms. Annick Girardin was accompanied in Conakry by Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and EU Ebola Coordinator, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health.
They met with Mr. Alpha Condé, President of Guinea, the ministers of foreign affairs, health and the budget, as well as the main actors on the ground involved in the response to the Ebola epidemic.

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Bertrand Cochery, Ambassadeur, Christine Fages, Ambassadrice Task Force Ebola, Annick Girardin et le président Alpha Condé (Photos : MAEDI/B. Chapiron)
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Inauguration du Centre avec Remi Lamah, ministre de la santé de Guinée (Photos : MAEDI/B. Chapiron)

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Meeting between the French President and Professor Jean-François Delfraissy - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris, October 28, 2014)

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The French President had a meeting this morning with Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, the interministerial coordinator of the fight against Ebola. The effectiveness of the fight against the disease depends on our country’s resolute commitment in West Africa.

The President approved the comprehensive plan to combat the disease in France and West Africa that was submitted to him on this occasion.

This plan includes:

- a new and immediate financial commitment on the part of France, to the tune of €20 million;

- adding 200 new hospital beds in Guinea, some of which will be dedicated to the treatment of healthcare workers. The centre located in Guinea’s forest region and run by the French Red Cross will open in mid-November;

- setting up two healthcare workers’ training centres, one in France and the other in Guinea;

- initiating the world’s first therapeutic trial coordinated by INSERM in Guinea in mid-November and evaluating rapid diagnostic tests developed by French biotechnology firms.

The President asked the interministerial coordinator to involve different civil society actors in France and Guinea in this effort, in order to boost the effectiveness of their current actions.

He welcomed the courageous efforts by NGOs and French research centres on the ground, and reaffirmed his solidarity with the people and authorities of Guinea./.

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic following the Select Defence Council meeting - Paris, 22 October 2014

On 22 October, the French President convened a Select Defence Council meeting on developments in the Levant and the Sahel, and on efforts to combat the Ebola virus. (…)

France is among the countries with the most active response to the Ebola epidemic, which has reached an unprecedented scale in West Africa. With the resources it has deployed, it is at the forefront in Guinea, and the French President decided at this Council meeting to strengthen support for that country even further, by means of an ambitious action plan. By mobilizing funding to the tune of more than €100 million, he envisages:

- healthcare workers combating Ebola being trained by sécurité civile [emergency services] staff – 120 of whom will be deployed in total – and by the armed forces medical service, in dedicated centers in France and Guinea;

- two new treatment centers being created, in addition to the one which should be operational in mid-November in Guinea’s forest region;

- a dedicated hospital system being opened in Guinea for local healthcare workers infected with the virus, led by the armed forces medical service;

- participation in the European mechanism for evacuating international humanitarian staff who have been infected, as was decided in principle at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday. This is a key factor when encouraging healthcare workers to travel to the countries affected.

The Head of State asked for all resources to be mobilized against the epidemic, while allowing the trade that supports the affected countries’ fragile economies to continue. (…)./.


Graphic : French action in the fight against the Ebola epidemic

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Dernière modification : 31/12/2014

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