This activity is deemed ODA-eligible. The additional costs incurred by the use of military personnel or existing equipment provided by the donor, when used to deliver humanitarian aid in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence are included in ODA (paragraph 97).
This project employed military personnel and equipment to deliver humanitarian aid in the context of an international effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus disease. Military assets were only deployed due to a critical humanitarian need that could not timely and effectively be met with available civilian assets. The logistic capabilities and state of readiness of the military prevailed in providing timely life-saving assistance. The military involvement was of civilian nature and under civilian coordination.
The activity reported was an emergency humanitarian response to the outbreak of Ebola, in the scope of UNMEER and led by the World Health Organisation (WHO). UNMEER coordinated the deployment. Both the UN and WHO operational principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence were respected.