At today’s EU summit, European leaders collectively pledged to raise their financial contribution to help respond to the Ebola crisis, bringing Europe’s total commitment to €1 billion.
Today EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg to agree a joint EU response to combat the spread of the Ebola virus.
More troops, funding and medical staff are urgently needed if we have a hope of stopping Ebola spiralling out of control, international agency Oxfam warns today.
Oxfam is warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not be contained unless more is done to prevent new infections.
'In terms of a plan to reduce extreme income inequality, we are left empty handed. There has been a lot of talk and a raw sketch of plan of action in the communique, but it’s just a drop in the bucket.”
Christine Lagarde gave the go ahead for 3 countries affected by Ebola to increase their fiscal deficit.
Nicolas Mombrial, head of Oxfam’s DC office said,
Ebola is devastating communities in West Africa. It has already killed almost half of the people it has infected. We are stepping up our response to the disease to try to slow down the spread of infection.
Oxfam is calling for a concerted international effort to stop Ebola and is calling for military logistical support.
Tackling extreme income inequality means addressing issues related to both the have-nots but also the haves - including the top 10 percent.
The European Commission is putting the interests of multinational drug companies above those of millions of people with no access to affordable life-saving medicines, warn Oxfam and Health Action International.