Australia funds Africa Ebola treatment centre

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has this afternoon confirmed Australia will commit $24 million towards the fight against deadly Ebola in west Africa. 

Mr Abbott today announced the Government would spend $20m to staff a 100-bed Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

The Government will contract Aspen Medical to deploy up to 240 volunteers – including some Australians – to man the centre which is expected to be up and running by the end of the month.


In a deal with the UK, Britain has agreed to evacuate any Australians who contract the deadly disease.

An additional four million dollars will be allocated to train counties including East Timor and PNG to deal with Ebola.