USAID commits more than $12 billion to West African Ebola response

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last week that it would contribute more than $12 million in additional funding to help stop the West African Ebola outbreak.

Since the outbreak was first reported in March, USAID committed $14.55 million to support the response. The latest round of funding will include $7.45 million for operational and personnel support and $5 million to support the international Ebola response.

USAID's Global Health Bureau will provide 105,000 sets of personal protective equipment for healthcare staff and outbreak investigators in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The equipment will protect individuals working on the front lines of the outbreak, prevent human exposure to Ebola and limit the risk of infections.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will support the efforts of disease control experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working in affected countries. The experts are providing technical assistance for disease surveillance, tracking and testing Ebola cases, and training government health ministry staff. The OFDA is also providing support to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise public awareness about the Ebola virus.

USAID also announced the deployment of a disaster assistance response team to West Africa to oversee important areas of the U.S. government's efforts.