East African Community To Send 600 HCWs To West Africa, Heeding A.U. Call For More Health Staff

News outlets report on a call from the African Union for member states to send health care workers to Ebola-hit West Africa, while the East African Community announces it is sending a cadre of workers to the region.

Agence France-Presse: East Africa to send 600 health workers for Ebola fight
“East African nations are sending over 600 health workers including 41 doctors to West Africa to combat the spread of Ebola, the regional five-nation bloc said in a statement Friday. The decision was made after health ministers met this week, where they raised their concern at the ‘rapid increase in the number of cases and deaths’ from Ebola, the East African Community said in a statement…” (10/17).

Reuters: A.U. asks African leaders to send doctors to Ebola-stricken states
“The African Union has appealed to all leaders in the continent to contribute health workers and specialists to staff new Ebola clinics and hospitals being built in West Africa, its chairperson said on Thursday…” (Maasho, 10/16).