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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
A fundraising event this weekend will boost funding to fight the current Ebola crisis in West Africa, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.
“This crisis has claimed the lives of over a 1,000 people, and continues to spiral out of control,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“While the risk of an outbreak in Australia remains extremely low, we have a moral obligation to help those in need whenever and wherever possible.
“Many doctors and other medical professionals are already working on the front line to defeat this terrible disease. But this weekend’s event will be a great occasion for the Perth community to contribute,” he said.
Organised by the African Australian Union, the fund raising event will take place on Saturday 30 August between 2.00 and 5.00pm, at the Beaumaris Community Centre in Ocean Reef. Entertainment, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Money will be raised through charging an admission charge, holding a raffle and an auction.
The AMA (WA) will work with the African Australian Union to ensure that the money raised at the weekend goes towards effective and appropriate aid, including medical products and to help boost Medecins Sans Frontieres.
“The World Health Organization has estimated that more than $430 million will be needed to bring what has been the worst recorded outbreak of this disease under control.
“The scale of this outbreak has been severely underestimated, and according to WHO health officials, there are expectations that the outbreak will continue.
“I urge all West Australians to dig deep and help bring this situation under control,” Dr Gannon said.