The Chinese government has offered a $50,000 grant to host a conference for the international community on Ebola, state news agency Xinhua said Saturday.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that China was willing to support the conference in the name of “protecting the health of China’s citizens.”

“The Chinese government, in consultation with the relevant parties, is willing to help host this conference,” the statement said.

A top Chinese official was quoted by state news outlet Xinhua as saying the conference was being held to provide a unified front against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

China is the only major Asian nation with no government-run hospitals.

A number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan and other Western nations, have declared Ebola and urged countries to close borders.

The U.N. says about 2,000 people have died from the virus.