World Bank announces $170 mln in new funding to fight Ebola - CNBC Africa

World Bank announces $170 mln in new funding to fight Ebola

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by Reuters 0

The epidemic has killed nearly 3,000 people. PHOTO: NBC News

This is nearly doubling its total contributions to fight an epidemic that has killed nearly 3,000 people.

(READ MORE: Ebola cases could reach 550,000 to 1.4 mln by late Jan)

The funds, which must still be approved by the bank’s executive board, will be used for increasing the healthcare workforce, buying supplies and building stronger health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which have been hardest hit by the disease.

The World Bank, a poverty-fighting institution based in Washington, had previously approved 230 million dollars for the three countries, where resources and health systems have been strained by the worst outbreak of the virus since its discovery four decades ago.

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