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Israeli Government Agency Fighting Ebola in Africa

Demonstration of mobile clinic operation Photo: Yossi Zamir

Mashav, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, is running a program called Hospitals of Hope in Africa to help fight Ebola. Medical supplies are being distributed throughout West Africa.

Israel is once again taking an active role in international relief efforts. Israeli personnel have been involved in search and rescue efforts around the world after natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Now they are helping to stop the spread of one of the world’s worst diseases.

The project, which is being conducted together with the non-profit Israeli organization SAREL Ltd is part of the State of Israel’s contribution to the international effort to prevent the spreading of the Ebola epidemic.

The medical shipments include mobile clinics with a capacity of 20 beds each; protective gear; a treatment’s cart; and the full medical equipment required for setting up the clinics and to begin treating patients as soon as possible.

After the containers reach their destination, Israeli experts will follow to instruct the local teams regarding the set up and running of the clinics. In addition, Israeli NGOs will start recruiting doctors to assist the local medical teams operate the clinics.

The clinics were purchased in Israel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a budget of $350, 000.

So far Mashav has introduced “ISRA-AID” in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and “Israeli Flying Aid” in Guinea.

The head of Mashav, Ambassador Gil Haskel, said, “Israel, as an active member of the international aid community, has joined the international effort of defeating the outbreak of Ebola in western Africa. As the head of MASHAV, I’m proud to announce this morning Israel’s commitment in being in the forefront of international aid for crisis areas and situations.”

“Operation “Hospitals of Hope” is an integral part of the vision of MASHAV and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel of helping nations in need, including nations without diplomatic relations with Israel. We have always done so in the past and we are doing it again today.”

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