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Ebola Fund Gets $4m Boost

Ebola Fund Gets $4m Boost

African Union’s efforts to contain the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has been boosted with Dangote Foundation pledging the sum of $3 million to a fund established by African business leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This is in addition to the previous interventions in Nigeria where the foundation, owned by business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had spent about $5 million to evolve a two-pronged strategy that directly support the Nigerian Government’s Ebola containment efforts through investments that strengthen Nigeria’s health system in a manner that will endure beyond the current Ebola crisis.

Also contributing to the fund are Tony Elumelu led United Bank For Africe (UBA). The contribution, worth, $1m, will be distributed through the UBA Foundation, UBA’s corporate social responsibility arm, and shared equally among the three affected West African countries.

The AU fund had been set up in response to the AU Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s call for $30 million from Africa’s private sector to support  the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This initiative is poised to send 1,000 African health workers including doctors, epidemiologists, nurses and lab technologists to join ongoing efforts to stop the devastating EVD outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The shortage of professional and trained health workers on ground is widely acknowledged to be one of the key factors limiting Ebola containment efforts in the three countries.

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