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World Bank Mobilising USD 300 Million for DRC Ebola Response

he Bank in a statement said the funding in form of grants and credits will be financed through International Development Association’s crisis response window.
The funds have been given to support Ebola response activities such as Immunisation
The World Bank has announced a three hundred million dollar grant towards the Ebola response in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Bank in a statement said the funding in form of grants and credits will be financed through International Development Association’s crisis response window.

The DRC has been battling Ebola since August 2018. Over one thousand seven hundred people have died due to the virus which was las week declared as an international emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The declaration followed fears the Ebola Virus Disease could spread further to DRC’s neighbors, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda among others. World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva said in a statement sad there is need take urgent action to stop the deadly Ebola epidemic that is destroying lives and livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The USD 300 million is approximately half of the anticipated financing needspromised by the government of DRC and the international consortium of partners involved in the fight against Ebola. Other partners are expected to fulfill their pledges.
“The cash infusion adds to $100 million the organization has provided since the outbreak surfaced in August 2018” said Georgieva

Georgieva says communities and health workers on the front line of this outbreak urgently need more support and resources from the international community to prevent this crisis from worsening inside the country and from spreading across borders.
In declaring the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17 July, WHO officials argued the global community’s response in money, technical assistance, and human resources had been inadequate.

The funds have been given to cover responses in Ebola affected health zones in DRC like those in Beni, Mabalako,Mandima and Katwa. Currently these health zones have the highest number of new Ebola cases. They will also be used by the DRC government, WHO, UNICEF, World Food Programme, International Organisation of Migration and other responders to step up the frontline health response, deliver cash-for-work programs to support the local economy and strengthen resilience in the affected communities. It will also be used to contain the spread of the virus.

The funding comes at a time when reports from DRC indicate that the disease is on the increase. A situation report released by WHO shows the incidence rates of the disease have remained constant with 65 out of 664 health areas reporting any new cases within the North Kivu and Ituri Provinces. The outbreak is heaviest in the health zones of Beni, Mabalako,Mandima and Katwa.

As of July 21,2019, a total of 2,592 Ebola cases were reported. 2,498 cases have been confirmed with a total of 1,743 deaths reported since the outbreak was declared in August,2018.

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