US$650 million pledged to fight Ebola outbreak

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Daily life in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez

At least US$650 million has been pledged by the World Bank to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Over the past year, more than 10,000 people have died from the disease in the three worst affected countries.

But now the UN says the epidemic is under control.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The World Bank Group announced on Friday that it would provide at least US$650 million during the next 12 to 18 months to support Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The funds will be used to help the three countries recover from what the Bank called "the devastating social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis."

New figures have been released by the Bank showing that the epidemic continues to cripple the economies of the West African countries.

The estimated losses in 2015 rose to US$240 million for Liberia, US$535 million for Guinea and US$1.4 billion for Sierra Leone.

The new pledge brings the organization's total financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts to US$1.62 billion.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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