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Israel Sending 3 Field Clinics, Advisors to Fight Ebola

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MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, will send three mobile emergency clinics to areas in western Africa where there is a high risk of infection with Ebola, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Sunday.

“In response to requests by many governments, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as Israeli and international aid organizations, the Foreign Ministry has decided to increase Israel’s contribution to the international effort to prevent the spreading of the Ebola epidemic,” according to the ministry.

The Israeli-made portable clinics, were built according to WHO standards for treating Ebola, according to the ministry.

Additionally, each clinic will include an expert medical team that will train local practitioners how to use the clinic and its equipment.

“Staff training will focus on preventing the spread of the disease and raising awareness among populations with high potential for infection.”

Last week, an Israeli medical team arrived in Cameroon, the MFA said, adding that the government also sent emergency equipment to the government of Sierra Leone, and in recent weeks shipped personal protection equipment to teams of the African Union.

On Friday, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced that it is partnering with IsraAID, a leading Israeli humanitarian relief organization, to provide assistance to Ebola victims in West Africa.

“The Ebola epidemic in Africa is devastating,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Medical experts from our Israeli partner, IsraAID, are on the ground bringing urgent, vital humanitarian relief to Ebola victims through health education and awareness training, as well as psychosocial support training.”

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