The World Bank has said that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the West African nations contain a deadly Ebola outbreak.
World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, himself an expert on infectious diseases, yesterday said he has been monitoring the spread of the virus and was “deeply saddened” at how it was contributing to the breakdown of “already weak health systems in the three countries.”
“I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks,” Kim said yesterday.
The funding will help provide medical supplies, pay medical staff and take care of other priorities to contain the epidemic and try to prevent future outbreaks, the World Bank said.
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak yesterday reached 887 after 61 more fatalities were recorded, according to the World Health Organisation.
The World Bank made the announcement as African leaders including 35 presidents are visiting Washington for a US-Africa summit.
An initial estimate by the World Bank and IMF found that Guinea would lose one percentage point in Gross Domestic Product growth, dropping from 4.5% to 3.5% expansion in the year, due to the epidemic.
Wednesday August 06, 2014