For the second time in as many days, Denmark on Wednesday announced an increased contribution to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.
Wednesday’s announcement was the significantly larger of the two, with Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen saying that Denmark will provide an additional 115 million kroner ($19.5 million), make medical workers available and supply a camp to accommodate international health personnel in Sierra Leone.
“From the Danish side, we have committed a quick and massive effort to contain the epidemic through a comprehensive approach. We can help save thousands of lives in west Africa and contribute to keeping the epidemic under control,” Jensen said in a statement.
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The announcement came just one day after Denmark committed an additional ten million kroner ($1.7 million) to Ghana’s regional efforts to combat Ebola.
The new donation includes 30 million kroner ($5.1 million) in the form of contributions to a base camp and training facilities for up to 60 international health workers, 30 million kroner each to the UN’s Ebola trust fund and the World Bank’s Ebola fund, ten million kroner to cover the costs of sending Danish health workers to affected areas and 4.8 million kroner ($816,000) to the WHO’s efforts in Mali.
On top of that, the Defence Ministry will contribute ten million kroner of its budget to send a Danish transport ship stocked with emergency materials.
“I’m proud that the Defence and the Danish Emergency Management Agency are contributing with talented experts who can help to fight the epidemic and save lives,” Defence Minister Nicolai Wammen said in a statement.
With the new contributions, Denmark has now given a total of 190 million kroner to the efforts to contain Ebola in west Africa, where it is estimated to have claimed some 4,500 lives.