Julie Bishop: Australia needs to act on Ebola
Since February, over 4,800 people have died of Ebola. Parents have lost children, babies have been left orphaned – whole communities have been affected1. With hospitals in West Africa so full they are turning away patients, and doctors and nurses stretched to breaking point, the world needs to act quickly, and act now.
The UK, US, China, Cuba and France have already sent doctors, nurses and expert medical teams to help stop the disease from spreading further3. Our allies in the UK and US have urged Australia to send teams - but so far, Australia hasn't made any commitments.
But a solution could be close. There are rumours circulating in today's news that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is considering sending Australian teams to West Africa to help with this humanitarian crisis. If enough of us speak up now, we can convince her this is the right decision.
If Minister Bishop decides to send Australian medical experts it could be the difference between life and death for hundreds of people in West Africa. Let's leave her with no doubt that this is the only decision the Australian people will accept. Add your name here.
Earlier this week, we polled GetUp members on what they thought about the Ebola crisis, and whether GetUp should be involved. Check out some of the answers below:
SIGN THE PETITION
To Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,
We call on the Australian government to join international efforts to combat Ebola by:
- Deploying specialised trained medical teams from Australia, as well as personnel and logistical support for those teams
- Working harder to agree upon acceptable evacuation plan that would protect Australians working in West Africa
- Contributing its fair share of money to the $1 billion target that is needed to combat the disease