The Democratic Republic of Congo will receive additional €5 million as it continues to experience its biggest Ebola outbreak to date.
The Ebola response in the country is facing a number of serious and continuous challenges, including high population mobility, weak health structures and poor community acceptance of the contagion prevention measures. On top of these is the ongoing conflict in the affected areas, the violent attacks perpetrated on Ebola treatment centres and response teams.
The EU has also financially supported Ebola vaccine development and research on Ebola treatments and diagnostic tests. A development cooperation programme to support the health sector is being implemented as well.
The humanitarian funds have also been helping in the reinforcement of preparedness and prevention measures in neighbouring countries to avoid a spillover of the outbreak.