World Bank Pledges Additional $100M For Ebola HCWs In West Africa

Media sources report on a new World Bank pledge of an additional $100 million to help speed new health workers to West African nations affected by Ebola.

Agence France-Presse: World Bank gives $100 mn for Ebola health workers in W. Africa
“The World Bank said Thursday it was immediately providing $100 million to support the deployment of more health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa…” (10/30).

Devex: Jim Kim eyes global health security reserve corps
“The World Bank is pledging $100 million in additional funding to the Ebola crisis, part of which will be used to establish a coordination hub that could hopefully address bottlenecks in the recruitment of international health professionals — and jumpstart a permanent global health security reserve corps…” (Ravelo, 10/30).

The Guardian: World Bank pledges $100m to send health workers to Ebola-hit countries
“…Treatment centers in the three countries at the heart of the epidemic — Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea — are being built but the biggest need is for doctors, nurses, and other health care workers to staff them. The United Nations says around 5,000 international personnel are needed, including up to 1,000 foreign health workers…” (Boseley, 10/30).

Reuters: World Bank funding for Ebola fight hits $500 million
“…World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said the three states were still struggling to get enough health staff to areas with the highest infection rates…” (Miles, 10/30).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. Ebola response in West Africa to be bolstered by increase in World Bank funding
“…The new injection of World Bank funding will fuel the Ebola response’s sprint towards reaching the 70-70-60 target established by U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and WHO with the goal of isolating and treating 70 percent of suspected Ebola cases in West Africa and safely burying 70 percent of the dead within the next 60 days…” (10/30).

Wall Street Journal: World Bank Pledges $100 Million to Fight Ebola in West Africa
“…The World Bank’s latest $100 million in aid brings the development bank’s total pledges to $500 million for Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to combat Ebola…” (Talley, 10/30).

World Bank Group: World Bank Group Pledges Additional $100 million to Speed New Health Workers to Ebola-stricken Countries (10/30).

World Bank Group: Statement by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim At Joint Press Conference on Ebola with Ghanaian Vice President H.E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (10/30).

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