Ebola Virus and China's Response
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which broke out in December 2013, is the most severe and complex outbreak of the virus since it was discovered in 1976. As of December 2, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 17,145 cases have occurred with 6,070 deaths. The international community, including China, is playing a crucial role in combating the Ebola epidemic.
Throughout four consecutive phases in April, August, September and October 2014, China contributed a total of US$123 million, and now plays a major role in international efforts to fight Ebola. On 2nd December, China contributed an additional US$6 million to complement UN emergency efforts through the UN Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund.
China’s humanitarian engagement globally is part of a larger strategic positioning in terms of development cooperation through an emphasis on principles of south-south cooperation. With a significant volume of Chinese support being channeled through international institutions, China is increasingly backing coordinated international response mechanisms, and positioning itself as a global actor in humanitarian aid.