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World Bank, Australia, Others Commit Resources To Curb Ebola Outbreak

Media sources highlight steps different nations and organizations are taking to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: World Bank okays $105 mn for Ebola fight in Africa
“The World Bank approved a $105 million grant Tuesday to bolster the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus epidemic raging in West Africa. The funding is part of a $200-million World Bank pledge approved in early August to help Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to contain the outbreak, which has killed more than 2,400 people in the region…” (9/16).

Associated Press: Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola
“Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional seven million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa…” (9/17).

European Commission: A Europe-wide response to the Ebola epidemic
“Statement by E.U. Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, E.U. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, and E.U. Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg, following the High Level Event to coordinate the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa: … The E.U. has increased its response on several occasions since the outbreak of the epidemic and has so far pledged almost €150 million to help the affected countries…” (9/15).

Reuters: World Bank approves $105 million Ebola grant for West Africa
“…The World Bank aid for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone will fund hazard pay for health care workers in emergency treatment centers, death benefits for their families and in-country medical care for exposed health workers as part of an international effort to bolster the number of people handling the sick and dying…” (Dawson, 9/16).

Washington Post: What the world is doing to stop Ebola
“…America’s announcement [of increased support in West Africa] has largely won praise from international experts. But what is the rest of the world doing? Here’s some of the publicly announced plans from other nations…” (Taylor, 9/16).

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