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December 18, 2014 3:47 pm

UN Identifies Israel as Top Contributor Per Capita in Fight Against Ebola (VIDEO)

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Israeli UN Amb. Ron Prosor, donation against Ebola. Photo: Foreign Ministry.

Israeli UN Amb. Ron Prosor, donation against Ebola. Photo: Foreign Ministry.

Israel pledged an additional $8.75 million USD on Wednesday to the UN’s Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) towards fighting the deadly disease, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Dr. David Nabarro, Special UN Envoy for Ebola said at a signing ceremony for the pledge that “This donation has put Israel as the 6th largest state to contribute to fighting Ebola, and first per capita.”

“Global cooperation is more than a moral obligation to provide assistance to people in need – it is an investment in the long-term prosperity of all people,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said at the ceremony.

“This idea is central to the Jewish value of tikkun olam, the obligation of every person to make the world a better place,” Prosor said.

Part of the donation will be allocated directly to WHO and UNICEF, towards the operation of medical clinics in the affected countries.

Israel’s Agency for International Aid and Development, MASHAV, has already sent fully equipped medical clinics to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and teams of Israeli specialists to Cameroon and Ivory Coast to operate clinics and train local health workers.

“The global community has the tools and skills to bring relief to the communities that have been devastated by the Ebola virus,” Prosor said. “Working together, I am confident that we can combat this disease and bring health and security to the nations of West Africa.”

In Nov., Israel sent three field hospitals to West African states hit by the disease.

The shipments, which were sent to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, included six cargo containers full of special equipment used to set up portable field hospitals.

“Each clinic consists of 20 beds and it’s a fully equipped clinic with beds, and with carts and treatment carts and oxygen and certain medications and protection gear,” Gil Heskel, the head of MASHAV, told Reuters.

Currently, the Israeli humanitarian group IsraAID is the only organization from the Jewish state operating in West Africa, where it provides training to healthcare workers to address the psycho-social impact of Ebola.

Watch a Ch. 1 TV video on Israel’s efforts to fight Ebola:

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  • Lou VanDelman

    How come I didn’t hear this on any news broadcast or any news media ?

  • Jackie Bugdale

    I seriously hope that the pledges made are acted upon and that the money actually is sent to where it needs to go. Some countries have made empty promises.

  • Kris Hinson

    While others seek to hate and destroy, Israel seeks to love and assist the needy and destitute. Yahweh bless you and keep Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital city.

    • Baht Harim

      Kris, your kind thoughts are appreciated, however please note that we never, ever say the name of G-d. Please refrain from using the “Y” word.

  • Israel continues to make the biggest contribution to medical aid, per capita, in the World. To Science. To Technology and on and on. The Arabs, what do they do? The wealthiest States in the World finance terrorism. Hamas gets rewarded for its deadly activities. The World has turned previous values upside down. Justice no longer rules. Only lip service is paid to those who kill and maim, never action.

  • Mickey Oberman

    How much have the unimaginably wealthy Muslim states contributed to the fight against ebola?

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    So the baby killer state is sending help to Africa to help fight a horrid disease. Will that be included in the complaints at the International Criminal Court? What assistance will Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Quatar, Kuwait, the putative stare of Palestine, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, etc send to help others in distress. I suppose nothing as they are too busy crying in their own beer about imagined hurts and abuse.

  • RobiMac

    Bet they find the cure.

  • citizenstat

    I “kvell,” of course. When will the rest of the world realize that the Jewish precept of “Tikkun Olam” is alive and well in Israel.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Oh please. Half the UN claims the Jews invented Ebola.