UN establishes trust fund for response to Ebola in West Africa

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Personal protective equipment for Ebola health care workers includes individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles or face shields, as well as boots covered with disposable protection. WHO/Christina Banluta

A fund has been established by the United Nations to ensure a coherent contribution to the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

According to the latest estimates, there are now more than 5,000 cases of the disease which has claimed over 2, 600 lives mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said an advance team of the recently established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has arrived in Accra, Ghana, where it will be based.

"Another detachment has arrived in Liberia. The UN also established today the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund which will ensure a coherent UN System contribution to the overall response. The Fund seeks contributions from Member States, regional legislative bodies, inter-governmental or nongovernmental organizations, businesses and individuals.” Contributions can be made at http://mptf.undp.org." (20")

Donors can also choose to channel their contributions directly to UN agencies participating in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’19″

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