WHO DG Calls DRC Ebola Outbreak ‘Global Wake-Up Call’; Tedros, U.K. Aid Head Stewart Urge More Countries To Increase Funding

The Guardian: Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns
“The head of the World Health Organization has called the world’s second worst Ebola outbreak a ‘global wake-up call’ to the escalating risk of disease outbreaks spreading from conflict areas neglected by the international community. Only when there was ‘fear and panic’ in the headlines did the international community put money into responding, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The real issue was a lack of day-to-day funding for preparedness to combat serious epidemics before they become regional or international threats, he said…” (Beaumont, 7/9).

The Telegraph: Richer countries must do more to help in Ebola fight, says Rory Stewart
“International Development Secretary Rory Stewart has urged countries such as France and Japan to ‘step up’ and provide more funding to fight the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mr. Stewart, who visited the country at the weekend touring a U.K. aid-funded clinic as well as seeing efforts to contain the disease at the border with Rwanda, said that other G7 countries must help meet the funding shortfall highlighted by the World Health Organization last month. The WHO says it needed $98.4m for the period February to July but has received just $43.6m, leaving a funding shortfall of $54.8m…” (Gulland, 7/8).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from BBC News (2), CIDRAP News, and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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