Ebola impacts economies of West Africa: World Bank

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UNICEF and partners visit a crowded market in Conakry, Guinea, to explain to vendors how they can protect themselves and their families from Ebola. Photo: UNICEF Guinea

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is not only a serious health problem but is also having an impact on the economies of the affected countries.

That's according to the World Bank, which estimates as a result of the outbreak, that the overall loss of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across the region will be $360 million

The response to the outbreak is also putting a strain on governments' budgets in the most seriously affected countries; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Gayle Young discussed the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group.

Duration: 1'51"

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