JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.60
SPECIAL FEATURE

SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa
SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

The Minister for Foreign Affairs officially consulted with the Minister of Defense on November 28th about the SDF cooperation in airlifting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Japan to the Republic of Ghana. It was based on the considerations among relevant ministries in response to a request from the UNMEER (UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response) for provision of the PPE that are used to prevent the further spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Having judged that the dispatch of the SDF units could make an effective contribution to the activities of UNMEER, the Minister of Defense responded to the consultation by issuing an operation order for the dispatch of the SDF and formation of necessary units to carry out operations.

On December 6th, the Airlift Unit left ASDF Komaki Base for the Republic of Ghana where the UNMEER is headquartered in order to transport 20,000 sets of PPE by KC-767. The Unit arrived at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in the morning of December 8th (local time) where they handed the PPE over to the UNMEER.

This is the first time that the SDF transported goods in response to the outbreak of the EVD. The MOD will continue to provide necessary and possible cooperation, closely working with the relevant ministries and agencies.

SDF Activities against Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa
Summary of Operation Order for Dispatch of the SDF
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