World Bank [to 27 September 2014] [Ebola actions]

World Bank [to 27 September 2014]

Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the High-Level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
September 25, 2014
Thank you very much, Deputy Secretary General, Excellencies, President Condé of Guinea and, online, President Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia, President Koroma of Sierra Leone, ladies and gentlemen.I spoke to all three of the leaders yesterday, I spoke to friends and colleagues who just returned from the region, and I first want to thank all of the three leaders for their courage and determination in the face of this epidemic. But I just want to also give you a bit of my sense, as an infectious disease doctor, of what I see as the seriousness of this epidemic.I have spent most of my adult life fighting very, very complicated, difficult epidemics, like drug-resistant tuberculosis in some of the poorest countries in the world. I have been involved in the treatment of HIV, again in some of the poorest countries in the world. But I have never seen anything close to the challenge that we’re facing.The speed, complexity and the magnitude of the response that is required is unlike anything we’ve…

WBG Approves US$750,000 to prevent Ebola in Guinea-Bissau
DAKAR, September 25, 2014 – The World Bank has approved financing to the Government of Guinea–Bissau for a health contingency plan that would help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to the country. Although it has no recorded cases of Ebola to date, the new funding of US$750,000 responds to an urgent request from the government for financing of an Ebola action plan prepared by the Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).According to Philippe Auffret, World Bank Task Team Leader of the project, “this support is to finance an information campaign through the Government’s existing community-driven Project and finance health measures including training of health staff on Ebola…

World Bank Group to Nearly Double Funding in Ebola Crisis to $400 Million
September 25, 2014
Significant new assistance planned for hardest-hit countriesWASHINGTON, September 25, 2014—Following alarming evidence of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Bank Group today announced that it will nearly double its financing to $400 million to help the worst-affected countries address the emergency and build stronger health systems for the years aheadThis represents $170 million in new funding. With today’s announcement, the Bank will put $230 million toward the emergency response and $170 million for medium- and long-term projects. The new resources – which the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries. The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to bolster care at a community level…