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Fighting Ebola, OIC and IDB to hold a Conference

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Muharram 11, 1436, 04 Nov 2014) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) shall hold a joint conference to mobilize the resources required for fighting Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola). The conference, the second of its type, shall be held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 for non-governmental and charitable organizations and shall be attended by the affected countries.

The OIC Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, shall inaugurate the conference and deliver the opening statement. Dr. Ahmad Mohamad Ali, IDB Group President, shall also address the conference. The working program includes a review by World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors Without Borders (MDF), and the affected Member States, Guinea and Sierra Leone, of the seriousness of Ebola and its expected effects. There shall also be a discussion on the fulfillment of the needs and requirements and a session on undertakings and methods of resources collection and management.

This conference is a part of the OIC-IDB efforts to mobilize support for the Ebola-affected countries. The first meeting of Member States was held in Geneva on September 29th, 2014.

The OIC Member States and institutions fully comprehend their humanitarian responsibility in supporting the Ebola-affected countries during this affliction. Since the outbreak of Ebola early this year, the OIC and IDB coordinated their joint efforts. In an immediate response, the IDB approved an emergency assistance grant to back the efforts of Guinea, Sierra Leone and the international community to contain the disease. The IDB also financed Guinea to promote its health system and fight Ebola.

The OIC and IDB call upon all Member States, non-governmental and charitable organizations and individual stakeholders to follow the example of those who committed themselves to join the war against Ebola through taking tangible measures on the ground.