Karel Doorman, a vessel of the Royal Dutch Navy, is expected to make its second docking in the Port of Monrovia on Friday, January 2, 2015, bringing urgently needed medical and relief supplies offered by the European Union (EU) Member states of Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and some international organizations—the World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF). These have been made possible through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), in response to the Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola relief supply is intended for local NGOs and major aid actors formally involved in the Ebola response.
The items consists of medical equipment, 4X4 vehicles, ambulances, personal protective equipment and masks, mobile hospital supplies, food, hospital beds, etc.
Mr. Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, stated: “From the beginning of this crisis, it has been clear that the response to the Ebola epidemic requires not only funding for the NGOs and UN organizations working on the ground, but also equipment and personnel. A large number of EU Member States have now provided equipment in large volumes, much of it facilitated by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.”
Mr. Stylianides said the use of a Dutch naval vessel, the Karel Doorman, to deliver assistance from nine Member States has been particularly impressive.
The donated items include ambulances, trucks, mobile hospitals and protective equipment. They constitute a joint European effort with the support of our Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC),
On its first mission to the three worst-hit countries in West Africa by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Dutch Vessel, Karel Doorman, docked in the Freeport of Monrovia on November 24, 2014, with essential humanitarian supplies after a journey of over two weeks, with stops in the ports of Freetown and Conakry.
The supplies brought to Liberia, valued at €3.6 million included 23 containers of assorted medical supplies and drugs, 21 ambulances and other vehicles and one self-contained mobile laboratory. The materials were donated to the Government and people of Liberia through various humanitarian agencies to bolster the Ebola fight as part of a coordinated European response under the European Response Coordination Mechanism.
Key donors of the first supplies included the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands and other countries of the European Union (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Romania, and the United Kingdom).