World Bank approves $400 million for Ebola-affected countries

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To avoid contact between the beneficiaries during the WFP food distributions, big family groups are invited to stay separate. WFP/Rein Skullerud

The World Bank has approved $400 million in grants and loans for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone which have been affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

According to the Centre for Disease Control there are now more than 8,000 cases, over 4,400 laboratory confirmed cases and more than 3, 800 deaths from Ebola.

Concern has been raised about the impact of the Ebola not only on the health of people, but also on the economies of the three most affected countries.

The World Bank has warned that if the epidemic is not quickly contained and if it spreads to neighbouring countries, the region could lose $32 billion by the end of 2015.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Duration:   2’59″

 

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