Paris, October 2, 2014
The government steps up France’s commitment to supporting Guinea in the face of the Ebola epidemic
The Ebola virus epidemic is continuing to worsen in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In line with the French President’s announcement, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights, and Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, are stepping up France’s commitment to supporting the Guinean authorities in the face of the health crisis by establishing an Ebola treatment centre in Guinea to treat the people most directly affected by the virus.
The centre will be managed by the French Red Cross with significant support from the government (Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Defence and the Interior), notably through the provision of health workers and a medical evacuation system. The facility will have 50 beds and a biological analysis laboratory set up by the Institut Pasteur as part of the project entrusted to the National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health.
The establishment of this centre falls within the framework of France’s comprehensive action plan, which now represents an effort of almost €35 million in bilateral aid for Guinea alone and more than twice that amount if we include our multilateral contributions.
The French government has expressed its solidarity with the countries affected by the epidemic. It is mobilizing its efforts in the international fight against this threat to global public health. President Alpha Condé, who was received by the French President on Monday, reaffirmed how much he appreciated France’s support./.