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Red Cross to Send ISK 25 Million to Aid Ebola Relief Effort

The Icelandic Red Cross will be making a donation of ISK 25 million ($200,000/€178,000) to aid Ebola outbreak relief services in East Africa, RÚV reports. Ebola resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in May 2018 and 2,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease since then, 1,300 of whom have died.

Halting the spread of the Ebola epidemic is of the utmost importance, says Atli Viðar Thorstensen, the project manager of Humanitarian Operations for the Red Cross in Iceland. According to a press release on the Red Cross website, Iceland is collaborating closely with Uganda in its efforts to combat Ebola. The country has been involved in extensive relief efforts aiding refugees from South Sudan and DRC who are fleeing to Uganda in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. Uganda is now sheltering nearly two million refugees and desperately needs help from the international community to continue in its efforts.

“Now, when it’s clear that Ebola has made its way across Uganda’s borders, it’s obvious that even more support is needed and it’s to everyone’s benefit to impede the spread of Ebola, because we don’t want it to spread to other neighboring countries or even across continents,” Atli remarked in the press release. “In collaboration with the World Health Organization, Uganda’s government is initiating vaccinations in regions where there it’s feared that the virus could spread. The government’s focus on impeding the spread of Ebola and eliminating it is fully in keeping with the Red Cross’s work.”

The Icelandic Red Cross’ current contribution to Ebola relief efforts is supported in part by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and builds on top of previous donations that the organisation has made to the cause. In 2018, the Icelandic Red Cross sent ISK 28 million ($220,000/€198,000), bringing Iceland’s total donation to the effort to ISK 70 million ($558,000/€495,ooo).

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