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'Ebola: lessons learned' conference and media seminar on 'Crisis preparedness in the EU'

11 October - 13 October 2015, Luxembourg (DG SANTE)

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The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE) of the European Commission and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) invite 30 expert journalists in the field of health to the seminar "Crisis Preparedness in the EU" in Luxembourg on 12-13 October, held in parallel to the high-level conference "Ebola: Lessons learned", co-organised by the Commission and the Luxembourg Presidency.

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record, being Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the most affected countries. Although new cases are declining, as of June 30 2015 27 514 people have been infected, 11 220 of whom have died, according to data of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The EU has provided humanitarian, financial, political and diplomatic tools to help end Ebola; the Commission and the Member States has been working on preparedness and coordination of risk management in close cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO.

Amid this context, the conference "Ebola: lessons learned" aims to reinforce global preparedness and response to health threats; whereas the tailor-made media seminar will give some insight into the crisis preparedness in the EU.

The selected journalists will have the possibility to, among others:

- join a welcome dinner with Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, on Sunday 11 October;
- participate in a panel discussion on lessons learned on communicating during the Ebola outbreak, where they will be invited to share their input;
- hear from representatives of WHO and governments officials of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia;
- feedback from the G7 Summit the previous week.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Paula Montanaas soon as possible at montana@ejc.net, inserting a few lines on your motivation and, if possible, including links to articles you may have written on the subject.

The final selection will take place in the first half of September and we will inform you shortly thereafter if your invitation is confirmed.

The organisers will cover flight, accommodation and most meals.

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