The Ebola virus continues to infect thousands of new people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone each month. Funding has increased significantly in recent months and new cases in Liberia are showing signs of slowing, but the epidemic is still far from under control. A significant amount of pledged funding remains uncommitted, from both government and private donors. However, calls from aid agencies for in-kind support – particularly provision of healthcare workers – do finally appear to be having an effect, with a number of donors reporting having sent hundreds of healthcare professionals to support the response in recent weeks.
The UN has today increased the funding requirements requested in its overview of needs and requirements for the Ebola virus disease outbreak to respond to the outbreak, which now total US$1.5 billion. This crisis briefing paper provides an overview of funding for the Ebola virus to date, summarises monthly funding alongside data on cases and deaths, and looks at private and in-kind contributions from a range of different donors.
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