Via Aminata.com: WHO and Rio Tinto give hands to the response against Ebola Guinea. Excerpt from a Google translation:
As part of the response against the epidemic of viral haemorrhagic fever Ebola Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the mining company Rio Tinto have signed a partnership agreement in the evening yesterday Wednesday 02 April 2014 at WHO headquarters located in Camayenne in common Dixinn suburb of Conakry, do we attended.
In his speech for the occasion, Dr René-Zitsamelé Coddy WHO Representative in Guinea said it is with great optimism that has made the signing of this partnership between the mining company Rio Tinto and its institution part of the support to the Republic of Guinea for the response against this viral fever epidemic hémoragique EBOLA.
Continuing, he stated that this agreement is for an amount of one hundred thousand dollars of the United States.
"I am optimistic insofar as the resources that will be made available under the present convention aim to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality due to virus EBOLA and other diseases water transmission in the prefectures affected and sub-prefectures Kouankan and Boola. Guinea faces an epidemic that is a major concern for both populations, the authorities and national partners including the private sector. This is a public health emergency. Facing this epidemic requires a synergistic action between these actors," he has said.
According to him, it is the dynamism of this coalition of stakeholders that will quickly stop the chain of transmission of the disease, reduce the suffering of those already affected and save many lives.
Before concluding his speech, Dr René-Zitsamelé Coddy said that WHO will spare no effort to ensure that the $ 100,000 funding from Rio Tinto provides help to overcome quickly the epidemic of Ebola viral fever in Guinea.
Actually, it makes good sense for mining and other resource-extraction corporations to support the fight against Ebola and other diseases; if nothing else, fewer workers will die or absent themselves. Maybe Rio Tinto could even throw a few thousand dollars into building a decent website for Guinea's Ministry of Health.