Taiwan donates $14,000 to help Ebola fight

Taiwan donates $14,000 to help Ebola fight
In a file picture taken on August 6, 2014 protective clothing and facilities are in place at The Royal Free hospital in north London in preparation for a patient testing positive for the Ebola virus.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The government recently donated US$10,500 (S$14,000) to a nongovernmental organisation in Liberia as part of its ongoing efforts to help the international community combat the Ebola virus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

The donation was made by the ministry on Dec. 31, 2014 to the Liberian Scout Association, MOFA said in a released statement.

The money will be used to assist the association in fighting the Ebola outbreak in the African country.

MOFA said the donation was made in response to the call for help issued by the association. The association has sent letters to Taiwan's General Association of the Scouts of China and President Ma Ying-jeou last September in which it calls for the R.O.C.'s assistance in combating Ebola.

In the letters, the Liberian NGO said Liberia is one of the most affected countries in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The country had previously issued a state of emergency over the epidemic. Some remote villages have been seriously affected by Ebola virus due to the lack of public health infrastructures.

The Liberian Scout Association has been sending its scouts to these villages to help locals fight the Ebola but the association said it is suffering from serious lack of funding, according to MOFA.

The association, therefore, asked for Taiwan's assistance, MOFA said.

MOFA recently learned of the request via Taiwan's General Association of the Scouts of China. After confirming the association's needs, MOFA said it decided to make the donation.

The money will be given to the Liberian Scout Association to be used in the Ebola fight at 15 remote villages of the African country, it noted.

MOFA said Taiwan has been doing its part in contributing to the ongoing fight against the Ebola epidemic for several months.

Taiwan has donated 100,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which have made their way to West Africa and will be employed in protecting the brave medical workers who are treating victims of Ebola.

It has also donated US$1 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation in the United States to be used for the battle against Ebola.

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