UN chief appeals for $1 billion for Ebola response

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WFP food convoy delivers assistance across Sierra Leone to various districts (September 2014). Photo: WFP/Gon Myers

The international community has been urged to provide $1 billion to respond to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa.

The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday on his return from a trip to the Middle-East.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 4, 400 people have died from the deadly disease.

There are now close to 9,000 people infected mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Mr Ban said that the people of West Africa are demonstrating significant resilience, but they have asked for help.

"Dozens of countries are showing their solidarity. But we need to turn pledges into action. We need more doctors, nurses, equipment, treatment centres and medevac capacities. I appeal to the international community to provide the $1 billion that will enable us to get ahead of the curve and meet our target of reducing the rate of transmission by December 1st."(26")

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Secretary-General said the two-state solution is the only way to end what he described as "the senseless cycle of war."

Regarding the crisis in Syria, Mr. Ban said he is alarmed at the situation there and reiterated his call for steps to prevent a massacre and protect civilians in Kobane.

The town has been attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.

Drrrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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