Shalom Life | December 12, 2014

UN Lauds Israel's 'Critical Support' in Fighting Ebola

“I am sure I can count on Israel’s support,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

By: Daniel Koren

Published: October 28th, 2014 in Health » Israel

UN Lauds Israel's 'Critical Support' in Fighting Ebola

Photo Caption: Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor with Secretary General Ban ki-Moon

Photo Credit: Times of Israel


Well isn't this a nice change of pace.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter brimming with praise to Israel's envoy to the U.N., Ron Prosor, lauding the Jewish State for its ongoing contributions to fighting against the deadly virus known as Ebola.

Since the outbreak of the deadly disease, Israel researchers and scientists have been relentlessly working towards finding a vaccine that can cure it, including Dr. Leslie Lobel, an Israeli researcher at Ben Gurion University and one the world’s few experts on the virus.

As for treating the virus itself, Protalix, a biotech company from Northern Israel, is one of the only facilities in the world whose technology would be able to mass produce a drug that can be served as a treatment to Ebola.

In addition, in a bid to support public health outreach and communication efforts to educate the public about Ebola, a West African-based tech company turned to Israeli technology to create a free "About Ebola" mobile app.

Needless to say, Israel has been at the forefront of combating this deadly disease.

And the U.N. Secretary-General has obviously received word, commending Israel for its efforts, reports Walla.

“I wish to thank you for your letter regarding Israel’s commitment to join the global war against the Ebola outbreak through the donation of medical clinics to Sierra Leone and Liberia," Ban Ki-moon writes. "I wish to thank Israel for its critical support of the continent’s preparedness by sending medical equipment and experts on contagious diseases to Ethiopia and Cameroon.”

Ban also mentions that this was “very gladdening and positive news. Israel’s contribution will play a crucial role in increasing the quality of the care and accessibility to the victims.”

Of course, he also notes the "long road ahead of us" in the fight against Ebola, but that he is sure he "can count on Israel's support."

In addition to the Jewish State's aforementioned efforts, Israel has also sent three mobile emergency clinics to Africa, built under the guidelines and standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) for treatment of Ebola.

As of Saturday, the WHO claims that over 10,000 have been infected with Ebola, the outbreak of which in Western Africa is the largest recorded in history.

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