Ebola crisis in West Africa: A wake-up call for donors?

Volunteers and health staff engage in crucial treatment and isolation to prevent the spread of ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo by: EC / ECHO / Cyprien Fabre / CC BY-ND 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed the very poor health systems in the affected countries, and donors are starting to take notice: A number of them have announced assistance focused on strengthening the region's health infrastructure and human resource capacity.

In August, the World Bank pledged as much as $200 million in emergency funding for the urgent purchase of medical supplies and provision of salaries for medical staff, and to build the region's disease surveillance and laboratory networks. It will also help provide social safety nets for communities affected by the epidemic.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.