Via Oxfam International: Ebola funds impossible to track. Excerpt:
Global leaders are failing to honor their promises to communities devastated by Ebola in West Africa as $5.8 billion of pledged recovery funds proving almost impossible to track, Oxfam warned today.
Six months after the International Conference on Ebola Recovery in New York, at least $1.9 billion worth of promised funds have not been delivered and scant information is available about the remaining $3.9 billion.
Aboubacry Tall, Oxfam's Regional Director for West Africa, said: "We know that $1.9 billion of the promised funds have not even been committed to a specific country but we can't say for sure how much of the remaining committed money has been effectively delivered.
"A lack of transparency throughout the whole process, from donors to implementing organizations to programs on the ground means we're finding it hard to understand which donors have given what money, to whom and for what purpose."
The Ebola outbreak has set the affected countries back years; shattered already inadequate health systems and ruined people's livelihoods. Donors and the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must act now to meet their commitments to communities by publishing accurate, timely and detailed information on aid delivery and Ebola recovery efforts.
It has taken almost two years, more than 11,300 deaths, massive provision of resources, technical assistance and billions of US dollars from around the world to tackle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Yet despite this, last week, another 150 people were exposed to the risk of Ebola in Sierra Leone according to the World Health Organisation. This is not the end of Ebola in West Africa or globally.
Tall said: "In order for the countries to quickly build the health systems they require, governments and communities need to know what aid they are getting, when it is coming, where it is going and they need to have a say in how it is used. We urge donors to ‘put their money where their mouths are' and demonstrate what transparency really means by, at a minimum, publishing information in accordance with International Aid Transparency Initiative standards."
As African Heads of State meet in Addis Ababa this week to discuss making 2016 the year of Human Rights in Africa, Oxfam is calling on them to focus attention on the Right to Health. 15 years ago, African leaders made a commitment to provide 15% of their budgets to the health sector - urgent action is required to achieve this. Adequate investment in health systems, water, sanitation and hygiene is vital to protect lives.