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Nigeria and Senegal declared Ebola free

seap-nigeria.jpgOctober 21 2014

Despite the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Oikocredit’s operations in the region continue unaffected by the virus.

Oikocredit operates in two of the affected countries, Senegal and Nigeria, with investments totalling €10.8 million. This is approximately 1.5 percent of Oikocredit’s total development finance portfolio. Nigeria and Senegal have recently been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO declares an Ebola outbreak over if two incubation periods of 21 days pass with no new cases.  Both West African countries have been praised for acting early, quickly, and on a large scale.

Oikocredit’s country manager in Nigeria, Ufuoma Eghwerehe, said she is proud of the way in which Nigeria has dealt with the situation and reports that partners and staff are all safe and well.

Although Oikocredit does not have activities in the other three West African countries affected by Ebola, we are heartened that international organizations, governments and donors are rallying to provide more assistance to those countries.

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