Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone to get $285 mn from World Bank to fight Ebola

Washington: The World Bank has approved a grant of $285 million to finance the three west African countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.

The grant is part of the nearly 1 billion dollars of financing previously announced by the World Bank for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, reports Xinhua.

 Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone to get 5 mn from World Bank to fight Ebola

A clinic in Sierra Leone. AP.

The additional financing will enable the three countries to deploy additional national and international health workers, scale up community-based care and community engagement for early detection of suspected Ebola cases, the World Bank in a statement Tuesday.

A previous World Bank analysis showed that if Ebola continues to surge in these three countries and spreads to neighbouring countries, the two-year regional financial impact would reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015.

According to the World Health Organization, as of 14 November, 14,413 Ebola cases have been registered in eight countries since the outbreak, with 5,177 deaths.

IANS

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2014 08:57:19 IST