Fund to help African countries fight infection

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Eight African countries are among the 13 beneficiaries of a US$100 million fund announced in South Korea this month to fight infectious diseases.

South Korea President Park Geun-hye pledged during the Global Health Security Agenda held on 7-9th September 2015 to spend the fund over five-years from 2016.

The African countries to benefit from this fund are Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, and Mali. Other countries to also benefit are Jordan, Cambodia, Laos, Uzbekistan and Peru.

Funds from the Global Health Security Agency (GHSA) would help African countries to prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks – natural, accidental, or intentional; detect threats early to save lives and respond effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination, and communication to infectious diseases.

‘South Korea will make its utmost effort to free people in those countries from the threat of infectious diseases,’ she said.

The GHSA, a global health conference was launched last year in Washington DC in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). The global grouping, which currently has 44 members, is aimed at setting the agenda for global health security and establishing a cooperative system to fight infectious diseases.

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