World Bank, U.S. Commit Additional Funds To DRC Ebola Response, Bringing Total Pledged To More Than $25M

CIDRAP News: New funding pledges boost DRC Ebola response
“A major infusion of financial support for Ebola response — to the tune of more than $25 million — has come from the World Bank, the United States, and Germany to support the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…” (Schnirring, 5/22).

Financial Times: World Bank approves first pandemic facility grant to fight Ebola in DRC
“The World Bank is to disburse money for the first time from its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility to help contain the spreading outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $12m grant is being combined with the reallocation of the international agency’s $15m three-year investment in disease surveillance in DRC to the government’s three-month $56.8m Ebola response plan. This means the plan is now fully funded, the World Bank said in a statement…” (Aglionby, 5/23).

The Hill: U.S. to contribute up to $7 million to fight Ebola outbreak
“The U.S. will contribute up to $7 million to fight an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday. Azar made the announcement in Switzerland at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), while urging other member states to contribute to ‘ensure we defeat this outbreak’…” (Hellmann, 5/22).

HuffPost: U.S. Announces Additional $7 Million Donation In Fight Against Ebola In Congo
“U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday announced that the U.S. is contributing an additional $7 million to fight the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the U.S. Agency for International Development’s $1 million donation. The World Health Organization estimates it will take at least $26 million to quell the current outbreak, and the U.S. contribution brings the internationally raised total up to approximately $25.45 million…” (Weber, 5/22).

Washington Post: U.S. pledges $8 million for Ebola outbreak in Congo
“…Some global health experts have expressed concern privately that the U.S. response would be minimized given President Trump’s disparaging and isolationist comments about Ebola during the 2014 epidemic. He complained about two sick American health workers being flown back to the United States for treatment and said they should not be brought into the country. But the U.S. response appears to be appropriate for this outbreak, experts say…” (Sun, 5/22).

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