IMF Prepares $150M Relief Package For 3 West African Nations Hit Hardest By Ebola; World Bank Warns Of Long-Term Economic Damage

Devex: New Ebola relief could prompt IMF reforms
“The International Monetary Fund is preparing another Ebola relief package worth $150 million for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — aid that may pave the way for larger reforms to one of the IMF’s disaster relief mechanisms…” (Anders, 1/12).

Reuters: IMF to provide new funds to help three main Ebola-hit nations
“…The money could be made available in the first quarter of this year and would add to $130 million disbursed by the Fund in September. The epidemic has damaged the economies of the three West African states, two of which, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are recovering from civil wars…” (Giahyue, 1/8).

U.N. News Centre: World Bank says Ebola puts future prosperity of Liberia, Sierra Leone ‘at high risk’
“Job losses and food insecurity are among the far-reaching and persistent socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the results of two new World Bank Group surveys released [Monday]…” (1/12).