Date
19 August 2017

World Bank pledges US$200 mln for Ebola fight

The World Bank has pledged up to US$200m in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, Financial Times reported on Monday.

The funds will help provide “critically needed support for the response to stop further transmission of Ebola” within Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the bank’s president Jim Yong Kim was quoted as saying.

The financial package comes days after the World Health Organization (WHO) and the West African countries most affected by the epidemic asked for immediate support.

The African Development Bank has also promised emergency funding, with a package of about US$60m, the report said.

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has climbed to 887, according to figures released by the WHO on Monday. In just two days, between July 31 and August 1, 61 deaths and more than 100 new cases were reported.

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