Cases of the Ebola virus remain largely limited to the three affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, although recent cases have also been recorded in the USA and Spain. According to the World Health Organization, as of 5 October there had been 8,033 recorded cases of the Ebola virus with 3,879 deaths. Under-reporting has been identified as an additional challenge, with health centres in the affected West African countries overwhelmed. To date, the majority of deaths have been in Liberia (2210), followed by Sierra Leone (879) and Guinea (768).
While the scale of the international response to the Ebola crisis has been slow since the initial outbreak in April 2014, as the potential global economic, security and health impact of the crisis is gradually realised through increased awareness, the humanitarian response has increased exponentially with funding reported to the UN OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service increasing six-fold since early September.
As the international humanitarian financial assistance has increased, so have the in-kind donations, some of which overlap in reporting. Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organization have underlined the importance in this context of ‘boots on the ground’ including military as well healthcare personnel. A new UN mission was also created: UNMEER, which will respond to the immediate needs for the Ebola crisis.
This crisis briefing paper provides an overview of funding for the Ebola virus to date and summarises many of the in-kind donations reported through different channels.