Via allAfrica.com, a report from SAnews.gov.za: Africa: AU to Hold Emergency Meeting On Ebola. Excerpt:
The African Union (AU) Executive Council will meet in Addis Ababa on 8 September to adopt a common position and define appropriate strategies to enable Africa to effectively combat the Ebola epidemic.
"The council's emergency meeting has been necessitated by the need to have a common understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and current status of the response and to come up with a collective continental approach, taking into account the socio-political and economic impact of the disease," said the AU in a statement on Wednesday.
In July, the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the AU met ahead of the Executive Council meeting, and discussed various issues in preparation for the meeting. This included direct assistance to Member States affected by Ebola and the need to accelerate efforts towards the establishment of an African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDCP).
The meeting also highlighted the importance of communication strategies on the crisis, both within and outside the continent, mobilisation of the necessary resources, and building the capacity of Member States in the field of research on vaccines and drugs against Ebola.
Various African countries including Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Africa have extended support to Ebola affected countries, such as direct funding, medical personnel and clinics to complement on-going AU and international efforts.