Issue Brief: China's Role in the Ebola Crisis

04 Dec 2014

The international community, including China, is playing a crucial role in combating the Ebola epidemic. Throughout four consecutive phases in April, August, September and October 2014, China contributed a total of US$123 million, and now plays a major role in international efforts to fight Ebola. On top of financial contributions, China also provides in-kind contribution comprising of ambulances, motorcycles, medical equipment as well as prevention care packages and food aid.

In addition, China has deployed experts and plans to train 10,000 healthcare workers and community prevention and control personnel to prevent further spreading of the disease. Over 1,000 medical and disease control experts from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health and the Family Planning Commission (former Ministry of Health) will be sent to the affected areas, of which 500 have already been dispatched, with equipment such as mobile laboratories.

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