5 Sep 2014
July 2014, Kailahun district, Sierra Leone: Red Cross volunteers prepare to handle the bodies of people killed by Ebola. Credit: IFRC/Kathy Mueller
Relief agencies in West Africa have received more than $6 million to respond to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).
OCHA says the money has come from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which is pooled from a number of countries, the private sector and individuals to deal with emergencies around the world.
It points out that $2.7 million has been allocated to Guinea, $1.9 million to Liberia and $1.5 million to Sierra Leone.
Jens Laerke is OCHA spokesperson in Geneva.
“The first allocations from the Rapid Response Fund, that’s between April and June, focused on health and food response. Last month, in August, we took a regional approach to allocating funds to support air services in those three countries and this approach has benefited the UN Humanitarian Air Service which has received and allocation of $3.8 million.” (23″)
Jens Laerke said that more requests for CERF money to support the Ebola response are currently being processed for September.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations