Number Of New Ebola Cases Down Sharply, But WHO Running Out Of Funds To Maintain Efforts

Associated Press: Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons
“…Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived…” (Larson/Cheng, 1/24).

The Hill: WHO running out of cash to fight Ebola before rainy season
“…The assistant director-general in charge of the Ebola response, Bruce Aylward, said Friday that the WHO will no longer have money to support efforts to fight the virus by mid-February…” (Viebeck, 1/23).

New York Times: Officials Say Ebola Cases Are Falling In West Africa
“The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has dropped to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season threaten to hamper efforts to control the disease…” (Cumming-Bruce, 1/23).

Reuters: WHO says cash crunch, rains could thwart Ebola efforts
“…The U.N. health agency still needs $260 million for its $350 million budget for Ebola for the next six months, Aylward said. It is seeking to raise the money from donor countries…” (Nebehay, 1/23).

VOA News: WHO: Ebola Declining but Still a Threat
“…WHO reports the cumulative number of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea now stands at 21,797. Over the last 21 days — the incubation period for the Ebola virus — Sierra Leone reported 463 new cases of Ebola, Guinea 109, and Liberia 21…” (Schlein, 1/23).

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