Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson: China will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to countries including the DRC, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan to prevent and control the Ebola epidemic



At the Regular Press Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on August 22, 2019, a journalist asked: We have learned that the Chinese government will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other African countries to prevent and control the Ebola epidemic. Could the foreign ministry share more information on that?

The Ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang responded as follows:

Today China International Development Cooperation Agency announced that it will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to countries including the DRC, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan to prevent and control the Ebola epidemic. It will also work together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU) in this field.

China has been following closely the Ebola epidemic in Africa and doing its best to help. As a major developing country and a true friend to Africa, we see it as our international obligation. After the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, China was among the first to answer the call of African countries with prompt assistance. That demonstrated our traditional friendship featuring mutual assistance and set a good example for international cooperation with Africa. As the Ebola epidemic continues in the DRC, we stand together with the people there and feel what they feel. Therefore we decided to offer further emergency assistance through bilateral and multilateral channels, focusing on both treatment and prevention. We have been brothers through thick and thin, and now we are adding a new chapter to the time-tested China-Africa brotherhood with concrete actions.

China and Africa always stand together as a community with a shared future. Assistance in Ebola prevention and control is part of our medical and health cooperation and an important component of the health care initiative, one of the eight major initiatives on China-Africa cooperation rolled out at the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit. As we speak, 46 Chinese medical teams with almost a thousand staff members are working in 45 African countries, gaining wide acclaim in Africa and the world.

Going forward, China will stay in close communication and coordination with the DRC and other African countries as well as the WHO and the AU. Based on the African countries' needs and the development of the Ebola epidemic, China will continue to offer necessary assistance to the best of our capabilities. In the meantime, we call on the international community to take more concrete measures to help the DRC and other African countries to secure an early victory against the epidemic.

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