Mark Lowcock, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, has released US$500,000 from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support the creation of a regional common logistics services staging area in Entebbe, Uganda.
It aims to strengthen Ebola readiness and response in the region.
The new logistics centre, led by the World Food Programme (WFP) as the lead agency for common logistics services for both United Nations agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations, will support early action in countries neighbouring on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the epicentre of the current Ebola outbreak, to prevent the spread of the disease and respond if needed. The staging area will also support ongoing Ebola response in DRC to the extent required.
WFP East Africa Regional Director Erika Joergensen said: “We are very grateful to CERF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for this timely contribution and urge other donors to support preparedness and the emergency response to stop and push back Ebola. In particular, we still need additional support for the logistics staging area in Entebbe.”