Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in April 2014, the World Health Organization has recorded 4,963 cases of the virus and 2,453 fatalities. The Ebola virus has affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and Senegal.
The scale of the international response has been slow, until mid-September. By 18 September contributions had reached US$265 million, with an additional US$85 million pledged. The majority of funds (US$98 million) have been allocated to the region rather than to individual countries. As well as financial assistance, there have been contributions in kind including military and medical personnel from US, UK and Cuba, to assist with the response.
The UN requires US$988 million to meet the needs of an estimated 22 million people affected by the crisis. Yet the true scale of needs and requirements is unknown and expected to be far higher. On 18 September the UN Security Council is holding an urgent meeting to address the Ebola outbreak and the Secretary General, alongside the World Health Organization, is outlining the UN’s international action plan for response.
This crisis briefing paper provides an overview of funding for the Ebola virus to date.