Involvement of Canada

To date, Canada has committed to over 110 millions of dollars in healt, humanitarian and security contributions to help fight the spread of Ebola. The Government of Canada has also provided support and donations of the Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine. A lot is being done in Canada to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, like the enhanced border measures and the online public awareness campaign but Canada is also helping with the outbreak in West Africa.

The Government of Canada is actively engaged and committed to supporting the global effort to combat the virus. The Canada is currently monitoring the outbreak by working with international partners including the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Global Public Health Intelligence Network.

Furthermore, the Government is taking a comprehensive approach to fighting the outbreak in West Africa. This includes financial, technical and in-kind contributions provided by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. This is an effort to help stop the outbreak, treat the infected, meet the increasing humanitarian needs arising from the crisis and reduce associated threats to health and security.

But the situation in West Africa remains critical. The Canadian Red Cross continues to look for qualified workers to help fight the Ebola outbreak and many Canadians have already gone to West Africa to help. However, there is still a dire need for more assistance.

Also, the organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is a canadian organization, started responding to the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, which includes activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. The Doctors Without Borders currently employs 225 international and around 2,560 locally hired national staff. This amazing organization opperates seven Ebola case management centers, providing aproximately 230 beds in isolation and one transit centre.

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