UNOG EXECUTIVE BRIEFING WITH UNSG’S HIGH LEVEL PANEL ON HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Honourable Members of the
At the outset, let me thank the High-Level Panel for its tireless efforts and work. We are confident that the report to be submitted to the Secretary-General at the end of this year will largely contribute to our collective efforts in preventing and managing health emergencies and saving lives.
Indeed, preparedness and resilience are key elements in responding emergencies. The unfortunate Ebola outbreak once again showed us that to close the gaps in these vital capacity components, a full-fledged mobilization of resources is needed.
Furthermore, we should focus on building resilient health systems, strengthening primary health care and universal health coverage in order to tackle crises of this nature and prevent any further human suffering. We should also support the capacity building efforts in fragile countries by strong, effective and sustainable partnerships.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has created a humanitarian crisis, posing a potential threat to regional and global security with its social and economic consequences.
Since the start of the Ebola virus outbreak, Turkey has been extending its support and financial and medical assistance for the struggle against the epidemic through bilateral and multilateral channels.
At the outset of the outbreak, our Government decided to scale up our support up to a total of 5 million US Dollars through bilateral and multilateral channels, including the UN,WHO and the African Union.
Last January, medical supplies with a total value of 1.2 million USD were delivered to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The Contribution Agreement on Turkey’s grant of 1 million US Dollars to the mechanism established by the African Union to support the fight against the Ebola virus epidemic (ASEOWA) that was signed in last April, was recently approved by our Government. T
his contribution will be delivered in the forthcoming days.
Furthermore, the contribution agreement for delivering 1.5 million US Dollars to UN Ebola Response Multi Partner Trust Fund will beready for signature in the next few weeks.
Turkey, undoubtedly, will carry on its support to fight this outbreak and overcome its negative consequences on mid- and long-term development efforts of the region within the spirit of international solidarity.
Now, we should keep the focus without being caught up in “fatigue” and join our efforts to continue assisting the societies and economies of the affected countries.
The lessons learned in Ebola response will surely drive more innovative thinking on how to effectively respond to health emergencies with a long-term perspective. We believethe first World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul in May 2016, will also provide an important opportunity to address this issue.
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