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$600M Needed For Ebola Response As Death Toll Increases To More Than 1,900, U.N. Says

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for $600 million to address the West African Ebola outbreak, as WHO cites an updated death toll of more than 1,900.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll jumps to more than 1,900: WHO
“More than 1,900 people have now died of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the virus is still gathering pace…” (9/3).

The Hill: WHO declares Ebola epidemic a ‘global threat’
“The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called Ebola a ‘global threat’ and warned that it can only be stopped by a significant international response. Margaret Chan, the director general of WHO, did not mince words in describing the growing epidemic in West Africa on Wednesday…” (Viebeck, 9/3).

National Geographic: As Ebola’s Spread Continues, Warnings of an Inadequate Global Response
“…At a news conference Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organization and a United Nations senior system coordinator for Ebola disease renewed pleas for more support from the world’s nations, while praising current efforts by the United States, the United Kingdom, Uganda, South Africa, and some others…” (Weintraub, 9/3).

Reuters: West Africa Ebola death toll accelerates to more than 1,900: WHO
“More than 1,900 people have died in the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, marking a major acceleration in fatalities from just over 1,500 last week…” (Felix/Clarke, 9/3).

Reuters: Getting help to Ebola-stricken countries to cost $600 million: U.N.
“The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr. David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday…” (Begley, 9/3).

VOA News: WHO Calls for Coordinated Response to Fight Ebola
“…The health organization has introduced a plan it calls a ‘roadmap’ for stopping the spread of Ebola. Chan said the proposed roadmap has wide support from countries and institutions throughout Africa, and that many developed countries have responded as well…” (9/3).

Xinhua News: Ebola outbreak ‘largest and most severe,’ but can be controlled: U.N.
“With the ‘largest and most severe’ Ebola virus outbreak advancing in West Africa, the battle against it is losing ground but ‘this outbreak can and will be controlled,’ U.N. officials said Tuesday…” (Reilly, 9/2).

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