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    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Press release, 06.10.2014

    Norway doubles support for fight against Ebola

    Norway is doubling its support for the fight against Ebola, and will be contacting the UN, the UK Government and other relevant actors to offer personnel and equipment for their operations. A new contribution of NOK 89 million brings Norway’s total funding for the fight against Ebola to just over NOK 184 million.

    ‘The situation is critical in the West African countries that are affected by the disease. The outbreak is spreading faster than the response. Efforts need to be significantly and rapidly stepped up in order to stop the outbreak,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

    ‘The health sector has both personnel and equipment that can be made available. We will determine, in consultation with the UN and other involved actors, how we can make the most useful contribution,’ said Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.

    ‘Preparations are underway to provide air transport for personnel and equipment if needed. We have entered into an agreement on the use of civilian air ambulance capacity from the US and other countries for evacuating Norwegian citizens in the event of suspected or confirmed Ebola infection. We are also seeking to make a C-130 Hercules aircraft available as a back-up solution,’ said Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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