|Members of 8 Wing Trenton load boxes of face shields onto a Hercules aircraft bound for Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Oct. 6. Canada is contributing another $30 million in aid to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Master Cpl. Roy MacLellan/DND Handout/Canadian Press)|
Canada will contribute more equipment, such as mobile labs. Two mobile labs are already in Africa.
The latest contribution from Canada is part of a stepped-up international containment strategy to help local authorities limit the spread of Ebola in the region.
So far, the Canadian government has committed $35 million to the World Health Organization, the UN and humanitarian aid groups working the effected region.
It has also donated up to $2.5 million worth of personal protective equipment.
As well, the Public Health Agency of Canada has sent two mobile labs to Sierra Leone. One of the lab teams is working with Médecins Sans Frontières to provide rapid diagnosis; the other is helping to improve infection prevention and control procedures.
Canada has also offered to donate a Canadian-developed experimental vaccine, currently undergoing clinical trials, to the WHO.