USA’s Ebola Funding Reaches $158 Million Dollars
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it is providing $21 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the ongoing Ebola Zaire virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This announcement on September 4, 2019, said ‘this increases the total USAID funding for the Ebola response efforts to nearly $158 million since August 2018.’
The new funding is in addition to contributions from other U.S. Government Departments and Agencies and the U.S. private sector.
The United States is the largest single country donor to this Ebola response effort.
Additionally, the USA has a Disaster Assistance Response Team made up of disaster and health experts from USAID and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This response team continues to work with the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, humanitarian partners, and the Government of the DRC to help contain this outbreak and bring it under control.
As of September 6, 2019, there have been over 2,000 Ebola-related fatalities confirmed since August 2018.
With this funding, the United States is also supporting regional preparedness efforts in the Republic of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.
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The United States is working with partners to provide life-saving assistance, including measures to prevent and control infections in health facilities, enhanced disease surveillance, training for health care workers and communities, promotion of safe and dignified burials, and food to support people and efforts to engage communities affected by Ebola.
Stopping the spread of Ebola requires a concerted, unified effort from the entire international community, including the United Nations, United States, and regional countries - all in close partnership with the Government of the DRC and local communities.
The USAID said ‘it is pleased with the progress on the fourth Strategic Response Plan for the outbreak under the leadership of UN Ebola Coordinator David Gressly and is looking forward to scaling up assistance and continuing to advocate for an integrated multi-sector response.’
Furthermore, ‘USAID strongly encourages other donors to provide additional support to help end the outbreak.’
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