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UNICEF Expands Ebola Appeal To $500M, Says Only 24% Of Funding Secured

Agence France-Presse: UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500mn for next six months
“The U.N. children’s agency said Friday it was scaling up efforts to fight Ebola, including to help thousands of children in West Africa orphaned by the deadly virus…” (12/12).

UNICEF: To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million
“UNICEF [Friday] announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million — of which just 24 percent ($125.7 million) has been secured…” (12/12).

VOA News: UNICEF Expanding Fight Against Ebola
“…Funds from the appeal would be used to promote life-saving behaviors and train 60,000 community volunteers, [UNICEF’s crisis communications chief Sarah] Crowe said. … Crowe said the appeal also will be used to provide child-protection services, since about 10,000 children across all three countries have lost one or both parents to Ebola…” (Schlein, 12/12).

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