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Timeline of China's anti-Ebola aid in Africa

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-03-21 21:36

NAIROBI -  With the Ebola epidemic still haunting West Africa, China has delivered four rounds of humanitarian aid with a combined value of more than 120 million US dollars and sent hundreds of medical workers to the "frontline" since the breakout in April 2014.

Here are key dates in China's anti-Ebola aid in Africa since the breakout in 2014:

In May, China sent the first batch of relief goods, mostly for disease prevention, control and treatment, to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau, valued at one million yuan (161, 000 US dollars) for each country.

On Aug. 7, the Ministry of Commerce announced China would provide the second batch of relief goods worth 30 million yuan (4. 9 million dollars), including personal protective equipment, patient monitors, sprays and medicines, to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the hardest-hit countries by the Ebola epidemic.

On Aug. 9, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) said China would send three disease control expert teams to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to provide technical assistance to local health authorities in prevention and control of the Ebola virus, the first time that China offers assistance to foreign countries in response to a public health emergency. The teams have been working to a full gear ever since.

On Aug. 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent messages to presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively to show sympathy to the three countries over the deaths in the Ebola outbreak, saying China is willing to support them in containing the spread of the disease.

On Aug. 16, President Xi pledged in a meeting with UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon that China would continue to help the international effort in controlling the epidemic.

On Sept. 10, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China is prepared to "fight side by side" with West African countries to combat Ebola.

On Sept. 12, the Ministry of Commerce announced another 200 million yuan (32.54 million dollars) package of humanitarian aid to African countries and international organizations to help control the disease.

On Sept. 16, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Zhao Yanbo said the Chinese government had dispatched another medical team of 59 experts and a mobile laboratory to the African country.

On Sept. 18, President Xi announced a new aid package of 200 million yuan for Liberia, Sierra Leon and Guinea.

On Sept. 25, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on the sidelines of the annual UN General Debate that the Chinese people will always stand beside the African people in the fight against Ebola.

On Sept. 29, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong said China had provided Ghana with 5 million yuan (833,000 dollars) worth of equipment and medical supplies.

On Sept. 30, Chinese Ambassador to Togo Liu Yuxi and Togo's Prime Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu singed an agreement on China's assistance of about 840,000 dollars.

On Oct. 9, the Ministry of Commerce said China had made a deal with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to provide 6 million dollars of food aid to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

On Oct. 15, President Xi pledged further efforts with the international community to fight the epidemic as he received credentials of new ambassadors to China.

At the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit on Oct. 16, Premier Li pledged at least 100 million yuan (16 million dollars) worth of additional aid for West Africa.

On Oct. 18, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to enhance cooperation in fighting the epidemic.

On Oct. 19, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, agreed to join hands to combat the "unprecedented" spread of Ebola in West Africa.

On Oct. 21, Premier Li called for more humanitarian aid to the Ebola fight as China has continued its strong commitment to and engagement in preventing the spread of the virus.

On Oct. 24, President Xi said at a meeting with visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete that China would provide 500 million yuan (about 82 million dollars) in aid to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and international organizations.

On Oct. 27, the Ministry of Commerce said China sent a new round of relief materials to seven African countries.

On Oct. 30, China unveiled the details of its 4th batch of aid worth some 82 million dollars to help African countries.

Also on Oct. 30, Yang Yujun, a spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense, said the Chinese military has joined the government's efforts to help African countries' fight Ebola.

On Nov. 5, the NHFPC said China has planned to send over 1,000 medical workers and experts to West Africa in the coming months.

On Nov. 17, the Chinese government donated materials and financial aid totaling 1.6 million dollars to assist Nigeria's campaign to prevent the disease.

On Nov. 20, the Chinese government donated medical supplies worth 5 million yuan (about 820,000 dollars) to assist Togo in its Ebola virus disease prevention and response strategy.

On Nov. 25, the construction of a 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Liberia funded by the Chinese government was completed.

On Dec. 2, Zhang Xiangchen, China's assistant minister of commerce, and Alain Noudehou, the UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program Resident Representative in China, signed an agreement on Chinese donation of 6 million dollars to aid global fight Ebola.

On Dec. 20, a second group of 14 medical experts left for Sierra Leone to assist in the prevention and control of the Ebola virus and train local medical staff

On Feb. 6, 2015, China has delivered a consignment of 1,500 metric tons of food assistance to Liberia for distribution to Ebola patients at various treatment units across the country.

On Feb. 13, 2015, China handed over a P3 level biolab to Sierra Leone as part of its continued contribution in fighting Ebola.

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