When Heiko Maas is landing in the Democratic Republic of Congo on German military airfield at Goma Airport two men in white are welcome to join him. One man sprinkles a disinfectant in the hands of the German foreign minister, while the other man holds a heat gun at his temple.
More than 11,000 people in West Africa have perished in the first outbreak of deadly fever between late 2013 and 2016.
The disease did not propagate regionally until now, unlike Western Africa. The danger has not been stopped yet, however. And since many Germans help themselves in the areas of infection, the German government has become a matter of great urgency to protect.
The government hastily commissioned the Germany’s flagship airline, Lufthansa, to convert an Airbus A340 for this purpose during the first major Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. The plane was named for the late German physician and the Nobel laureate Robert Koch., the German medical research institute,the Lufthansa and Berlin’s Charité hospital with the German Foreign Ministry, in about three months, flied the large-capacity Airbus aircraft.
But the plane got withdrew almost one year later because it was much expensive. Continuation alone amounted to around 1 million euros a month, partly because a Lufthansa crew had to be on standby around the clock for emergencies. The steps were taken to overcome it.
Since then, the Foreign Ministry has been working on a plan for how to provide German aid workers with maximum protection at a reasonable cost. One idea is a mobile, modular evacuation unit.
The system consists of three containers: The first, marked in red, is the treatment module. This is connected to a second container, marked in yellow. A third module is marked in green.