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United Nations Ebola Appeal

By on October 10, 2014

A staggering $1 billion United Nations appeal to fight Ebola has only been 25% funded and senior U.N. officials warned recently that no country was safe as the world faced a crisis with staggering potential. This was reported by Reuters.

“It is the most extraordinary challenge that the world could possibly face. You sometimes see films about this sort of thing and you imagine how could such a thing happen. This is more extreme than any film I have ever seen,” said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N. response to the Ebola epidemic.

Nabarro has said a “20-fold increase” in the global response is needed compared to efforts at the end of August. The United Nations has established a special mission, known as UNMEER, to coordinate efforts to stop the spread of Ebola.

The current outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which is the worst on record, was identified in March in a remote part of Guinea and has spread to West African countries Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. Cases have also been reported in Spain and the United States.

The World Health Organization, the United Nations public health arm, has said an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is unrelated to the one in West Africa.

Early October, WHO raised the death toll to at least 4,033 from 8,399 probable, suspected and confirmed Ebola cases.