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World Food Programme receives largest Ebola response donation so far

10 Nov 2014

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Germany has provided $30 million to the UN food agency, WFP, to feed over one million people affected by the Ebola virus epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WFP says it’s the largest contribution it has received so far for its Ebola response.

The funds have been immediately disbursed and used to buy food and finance an airlift operation.

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

Meanwhile, the African Union has announced the creation of a new fund to fight the outbreak in the West African region.

Over $28.5 million have been raised during the first wave of pledges on Saturday from the continent’s wealthiest individuals and firms.

The money will help scale up the deployment of health workers in the three most affected countries, where around 5,000 people have died.

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

The African Development Bank will guide the set-up of the new fund which will 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.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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