WHO Ebola Response Running Out Of Money, Organization Warns, Urges Caution Over Decline In Outbreak Indicators

CIDRAP News: WHO urges caution amid Ebola decline in DRC
“Ebola outbreak indicators show promising signs of decline, but it’s too soon to tell if the pattern will persist, the World Health Organization (WHO) said [Thursday] in its weekly overview of developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Meanwhile, 14 new confirmed cases were reported today, lifting the outbreak’s overall total to 3,113, according to numbers reflected on the WHO’s online Ebola dashboard…” (Schnirring, 9/13).

The Hill: WHO warns it’s running out of money to fight Ebola
“The largest force against the yearlong outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo says it only has enough money for the fight to last through the end of the month. The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that it has received about $55 million from governments around the world since Aug. 1, just one-fifth of the amount it needs to implement a strategic response plan meant to contain the virus through the end of the year…” (Wilson, 9/13).

UPI: WHO: Ebola funds not enough to fight virus through end of 2019
“…The organization said it needs $287 million to help affiliate groups curtail the virus and at least $120 million to keep its own operations going. The money it has received so far is projected to run out by the start of October. ‘Further resources are needed to fund the response through to December 2019, and WHO is appealing to donors to provide generous support,’ it said in a statement…” (Hughes, 9/13).