The Strategist

World Bank Gives 650 Million Dollars to Fight Ebola

04/17/2015 - 16:53

The World Bank has decided to allocate $ 650 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to fight the effects of Ebola epidemic.

DFID - UK Department for International Development
DFID - UK Department for International Development
According to representatives of financial institutions, the economy of three West African States has suffered significant losses due to an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.

Economists estimate that the total GDP of the three countries has missed $ 2 billion for the year.

President of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea asked the World Bank to allocate $ 8 billion to the regional recovery plan.

The UN will continue its efforts to ensure control of Ebola outbreak in three West African countries. The fight against the virus is not complete yet - 37 cases of infection with fever were recorded last week. This was stated by World Health Organization’s head Margaret Chan, UN News Center reports.

According to her, the efforts of the international community led to the fact that West Africa affected countries succeeded in reducing the incidence of infection of Ebola and prevent further spread of the virus outside of these countries.

For example, Russia, China and Kazakhstan sent $ 60 million to combat Ebola.

According to states- members SCO’s report, a mobile laboratory has been operating for the diagnosis of infectious diseases since August 2014 in Guinea, what has shown high efficiency and effectiveness. During his stay in Guinea, the doctors performed about 3 million biomaterial research.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 10.7 thousand died since the beginning of the epidemic of Ebola in the spring of last year. People Nearly 25.9 thousand people have been infected. Previously, WHO experts said that the virus still poses a risk to the international community, but the risk of international spread of disease gradually decreased.

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the first rapid test for detection of Ebola virus. This was stated by a spokesman for the WHO Tariq Yasarevich at a briefing in Geneva.

According to WHO, the test will detect the presence of the virus for 15 minutes with up to 92%.

Ease of use is a significant advantage - the test is conducted without electricity and can be implemented in any medical center. It is less accurate than the standard test, but quickly gives the result.