Member of the EC in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides was in Sierra Leone at the weekend with Member of the EC in charge of Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis during a visit to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.
Stylianides said recently the EU had been one of the first to respond to the crisis, offering some €800 million in aid to battle the outbreak, though he said more needed to be done, and in a more coordinated way.
“The Ebola epidemic is putting the entire international community to the test,” he said. “The lives of thousands of people in Western Africa rest in our ability to take action today.”
Stylianides praised both local and international humanitarian workers who had taken the risk in order to help those countries badly in need of assistance. He said that of those who had heeded the call, 443 had been infected with the deadly disease and almost half of those had died. There are some 2,000 Western volunteers currently on the ground, he added.
Stylianides said his trip to West Africa was to send a message to the rest of the world that isolation was not the solution.