Ebola Trust Fund totals $14 million but "needs much more"

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Nurse Memuma Mansaray (right) and her daughter Huwanatu Caulker – also a nurse – were part of the teams going door-to-door in their own neighbourhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone, explaining Ebola prevention information. WHO/N. Alexander

A trust fund set up to scale up the global Ebola response has received $14 million in deposits but needs "much more", the UN Secretary-General announced through his spokesperson on Tuesday.

The needs include trained medical personnel, mobile laboratories, vehicles, helicopters, protective equipment, and medevac capacities.

A growing number of financial and in-kind commitments are being made by countries, Mr Ban Ki-moon said.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General thanks the Governments of Australia, Colombia and Venezuela for their financial deposits and commitments to the Trust Fund totalling nearly $14 million. The Republic of Korea has just announced its pledge of $5 million to the Trust Fund today. Commitments and pledges to the Fund currently stand at $50 million, but much more is needed."  (21″)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is building logistic bases in the affected countries to be exclusively dedicated to the Ebola response.

These countries are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’08″

 

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