Ebola might have slipped off news headlines, but more than one year on, the international community is determined to go the extra mile to defeat the deadly disease — or so it seems.
During an international conference held at the United Nations last week, an appeal to raise $3.2 billion in humanitarian aid for those most affected by the worst Ebola outbreak in history — notably Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — was met with an outpouring of support.
Reaffirming its commitment to help the three countries get back on their feet, the international community vowed to donate $3.4 billion over the next two years to support the proposed national recovery plans. Combined with earlier promised donations, the new money brings the total for recovery from the Ebola crisis to a whopping $5.2 billion.
But while David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola, viewed the pledging conference as a “very promising moment” and U.N. Development Program chief Helen Clark referred to the commitments as a “very positive start,” some in the global development community are more skeptical.
Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.
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