Ebola-stricken nations – Sierra Leona, Liberia, and Guinea need another US$696 million in terms of donor funding to build their devastated health services, in the wake of Ebola outbreak over the next two years. The information was revealed by senior officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.
The Asst. director general for the dept. of health systems and innovation in WHO, Marie-Paule Kieny revealed that donors from around the world have pledged US$1.4 billion of the estimated US$2.1 billion needed by the three Ebola-stricken countries before the end of December of 2017.
To fuel the campaign to raise additional funds for healthcare reconstruction in the Ebola effected countries, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general will host an international conference on Ebola Recovery on Friday in New York.
Over 11,200 people were killed in West Africa since the Ebola outbreak. The number included also as many as 500 healthcare officials. This statistics by far reveals the worst registered outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. Ebola first erupted in Guinea in December 2013. Ever since then, the disease has continued to claim lives.
Kieny in a recently organized conference call with leading journalists of some popular news dailies and news channels expressed that the full recovery of the countries badly crippled due to Ebola outbreak is not possible until the world does not come together to strengthen their health system. She also said, to achieve this additional funding will be required even after 2017.
Even before the Ebola outbreak, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea exhibited the poorest healthcare systems in the world. However, with the damage inflicted by Ebola, the healthcare systems of these countries have become more vulnerable than ever, said officials.
As reported by the WHO officials, the number of deaths due to diseases such as malaria and measles has drastically increased in Guinea. Prior to the crisis, average spending of a person in Guinea on healthcare totaled only US$7 in 2013, which was one of the lowest rates in the world.