BEGECA supports hospitals and aid organisations in countries affected by Ebola

Friday, 23. January 2015

BEGECA supports hospitals and aid organisations in countries affected by Ebola

BEGECA has bought the urgently needed protection gear like protection suits, face masks, gumboots and disinfectants in large quantities in Europe and transports them to the affected countries as airfreight from Cologne Bonn Airport. Working alongside the UN, BEGECA charters multiple freight planes. The transport costs are absorbed by the UN.


Immediately following arrival, the local aid organisations, like the Catholic Relief Service, take over the distribution to hospitals throughout the country. With this immediate aid, the hospitals can organise their work in the isolation units in the first weeks. BEGECA sends further protection gear by sea, to ensure provision for the coming months. Vehicles for the aid workers and ambulances for the patients are also urgently needed. For this, BEGECA turns to stock in Gibraltar. Because the connection by sea is so short, the vehicles can be shipped at short notice.


Aid is also given to the countries bordering the heavily affected countries, like Senegal and Burkina Faso. The Medical Mission Institute Wurzburg carries out a prevention programme there with resources from Misereor and the Federal Government of Germany working with the Robert Koch Institute. The programme targets improving hygiene standards in the hospitals which lowers the risk of transmission and epidemics. BEGECA also ships equipment and medicine to these countries.