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Global Health
September 17, 2014

World Bank Pledges $200 Million to Stem Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

JAMA. 2014;312(11):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12654

The World Bank announced last month that it will allocate up to US $200 million in emergency assistance to help contain the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa that emerged in Guinea in December 2013 and has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria (http://bit.ly/1APsgaU).

The funding will go toward improving the public health systems in these countries, which are fragile after years of conflict and civil war, and help in building better disease surveillance systems to detect and help prevent emerging diseases before they take hold. It will also be used to provide immediate support for the health workers on the front line in fighting the epidemic who need proper protective equipment, appropriate medical supplies, and adequate salaries. The emergency funds will also be used to help these countries cope with the financial effect of the epidemic.