UN: Germany donates US$30 million to WFP for Ebola humanitarian work

New York, US (PANA) - Germany has donated US$30 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to enable the agency to feed over one million people affected by the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

A brief WFP statement on Monday obtained by PANA in New York said the fund was the largest contribution it had received so far for its Ebola response.

It said that the fund had been immediately disbursed among the humanitarian work in the three affected West African countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - and used to buy food and finance an airlift operation.

It said the aid would go to patients in treatment units, survivors recovering from the virus and communities affected by the widespread transmission.

Meanwhile, the African Union's fund to fight the outbreak raised over US$28.5 million during the first wave of pledges last Saturday from the continent's wealthiest individuals and firms.

AU said the money would help scale-up the deployment of health workers in the three most affected countries, where around 5,000 people have died.

PANA has also learned that African telecommunications firms have agreed to provide a platform for their 700 million mobile phone customers to individually donate at least a dollar.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will guide the setting up of the new fund which would be administered by a board of trustees drawn from corporate Africa.

So far, African countries have pledged to send more than 2,000 health workers to the affected countries.
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10 november 2014 20:22:43

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