An international conference was held this week at United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York City to discuss measures to support the recovery of countries heavily impacted by the current outbreak of the Ebola virus.
According to reports, the social and economic impacts of the Ebola virus are expected to last after the outbreak in West Africa ends. Officials from heavily impacted countries say the outbreak has had an effect on every sector of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Those areas hit the hardest include the health services sector, jobs and schools.
Members of the U.N., Secretary Ban Ki-moon and presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are expected to secure a financial commitment to support the national and regional recovery efforts and bring the outbreak to a close.
This conference was organized with the African Union, the European Union, the African Development Bank and the World Bank. The U.N. News Center reports that $3.2 billion will be needed over a two-year period to meet the funding necessary to rebuild structures and infrastructure systems.
The Ebola outbreak began in December 2013. The World Health Organization reports that over the course of the outbreak there have been 27,636 suspected cases, 15,159 of those have been laboratory confirmed. Fatalities stemming from the outbreak were last reported at 11,268.