Via CIDRAP, an April 17 report by Lisa Schnirring: World Bank boosts recovery for Ebola outbreak nations. Excerpt:
At an Ebola summit at its spring meeting in Washington, DC, today, the World Bank Group announced that it will provide at least $650 million over the next 12 to 18 months to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone recover, while providing new estimates of the epidemic's impact.
In other developments today, top-level World Health Organization (WHO) officials vowed to take up reforms suggested by its executive board in the wake of the outbreak, and Doctors without Borders (MSF) handed over a key Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Monrovia to Liberia's health ministry.
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In a statement today, the World Bank said the new pledge boosts its overall total for Ebola response and recovery to $1.62 billion. Priorities include strengthening health systems, agriculture, education, cash transfers and other social protection programs, and lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation, and roads.
The World Bank said the funds also target the development of a regional disease surveillance system across West Africa to prevent or contain future disease outbreaks.
Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, World Bank president, said in the statement, "Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let's show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries—and the rest of the world—for the next pandemic."