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Aid ramps up for Ebola-hit countries

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:18

The U.N. and neighbouring African countries step up aid to help areas hit by the Ebola disease. Yiming Woo reports.

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Jimmy Mansongele is preparing for what could be the deadliest fight of his life. He's one of the 56 volunteer doctors, biologists and other health professionals that the Democratic Republic of Congo is training to combat the Ebola virus. He's among the 1,000 the country will deploy against the disease that has killed more than 4,500. He and his colleagues will be seeking out those who may have Ebola, and burying those for whom help has come too late. (SOUNDBITE) (French) RED CROSS WATER AND SANITATION CO-ORDINATOR, JIMMY MANSONGELE, SAYING: "Whilst I see myself among the volunteers who can save people, it's actually what we can offer, the love for people close to us that you should offer, because you're going there. There are people who go and who get infected despite all the measures of protection, but they go because of the love they feel for people. It's a disease that starts to cross borders and if we don't act quickly, this disease can go everywhere." The U.N.'s World Food Programme has also stepped up aid to West African countries. In the Liberian capital, four treatment centres are being built. Thousands of tonnes of rice and corn are brought in, as the spread of Ebola has disrupted food trade. Aid workers say they hope they can prevent this health epidemic turning into a nutrition crisis.

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Aid ramps up for Ebola-hit countries

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 01:18

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