Japan has extended yesterday its emergency grant totaling 18 million US dollars to deal with Ebola in three West African countries.
The Ebola virus disease still continues to spread rapidly in West Africa. There have been 13,540 cases and 4,941 deaths in the three affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (As of October 31 WHO).
The Ebola virus disease broke out in those countries where health infrastructures were weak by nature, and it shows no signs of abating yet, which explains the urgent need of the prompt assistance by international organizations and donors.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at the United Nations General Assembly that Japan would extend assistance totaling 40 million US dollars as an additional response to this epidemic.
Along with the aid of 22 million US dollars through international organizations, which was decided on October 3, this aid of 18 million US dollars constitutes part of the pledge.