Jerusalem, 2 November 1994

HUMANITARIAN AID TO ZANZIBAR AND GUINEA BISSAU

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has responded to two requests for medical assistance from Zanzibar and Guinea-Bissau. For the first time in 21 years, the Foreign Ministry’s Center for International Cooperation will dispatch a humanitarian aid team to Zanzibar. The delegation, including three doctors, will leave today (Wednesday), 02.11.94, for two weeks in order to combat a plague of malaria. The request was made by Zanzibar’s Health Ministry.

Over the weekend, the Foreign and Health Ministers of Guinea-Bissau sent telegrams to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in which they attested to an outbreak of cholera in their country. The disease originated in the neighboring country of Guinea (Conakry), and in three districts bordering Guinea-Conakry. In the wake of an urgent request for medicine, the Foreign Ministry authorized a shipment of over 50,000 inoculations/syringes.