Thursday, 9 October 2014
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LAUNCHING CEREMONY FOR THE U.S. ASSISTANCE TO ASEOWA
Addis Ababa, 08 October, 2014. – AUC Director for Social Affairs, Amb. Dr. Olawale I. Maiyegun,and the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Dr. Reuben Brigety, held a launching ceremony for the U.S. assistance to the African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) mission. The six month grant agreement of USD 10 million was signed and became effective as of September 28, 2014.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic poses an unprecedented public health emergency affecting the African continent and beyond. The outbreak, which began in Guinea in December 2013, spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The number of cases from the current outbreak has outnumbered the combined cases from all known previous outbreaks.
The African Union launched ASEWOA to contribute to the on-going efforts of the national and international community to stop the Ebola transmission in the affected African countries. ASEOWA aims to enhance the capacity of existing response mechanisms by mobilisation of technical expertise, resources, political and financial support. It complements the efforts of on-going humanitarian assistance. It also supports advocacy to support public awareness and preventive measures across Africa and specifically in the affected region.
The Director of Social Affairs reported, “Since ASEOWA started, AUC has been moving very fast. Deployment of teams started with a group that went to Liberia in September and more will be sent in the next week”.
The U.S. Ambassador to the African Union noted the importance of the U.S.-AU partnership and how much “the U.S. appreciates and respects the AU’s historic decision to launch ASEOWA and its commitment to battling the Ebola outbreak.”