As a first measure of support, the European Commission is transporting aid workers and critical medical material to the affected area the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which is facing an outbreak of Ebola. A plane of the Commission's humanitarian aid service 'ECHO Flight' which can transport staff and equipment of up to 2,500 kg, is due to take off from Kinshasa to Buta this Friday, 26 May.
The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500 000 and continues to rise. The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme is a partnership between EU Humanitarian Aid, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish government.
On 12 May 2007, the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On 15 May, there were 20 suspected cases reported with two confirmed by laboratory tests. To date, there have been three deaths, of which two are confirmed as Ebola. The estimated number of people that could be infected is currently 400. Four health areas are affected in Bas-Uele province.
Initiative of the European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO)
The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.