EU pledges $502 million for Ebola recovery effort

The European Commission announced Friday that it will be contributing approximately $502 million to support Ebola virus recovery efforts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

This contribution was announced at the International Ebola Recovery Conference that took place Thursday and Friday in New York City. Here, members of the United Nations and presidents from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have discussed the economic and social impact of the outbreak.

"It's important to remember that this Ebola epidemic has not just had an impact on the healthcare of the countries affected, it's also crippled their economies, kept children out of school and brought trade to a standstill," Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said. "That's why our funding will support countries in a wide range of areas, to help them better deal with the multiple challenges that arise from this crisis. We stand firmly side by side with the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the long term."

Of this amount, Sierra Leone will receive approximately $191.4 million, Guinea will receive approximately $166.1 million and Liberia will receive approximately $135 million in support. Nearly $9 million will also be sent toward multi-country projects and other countries that reported cases of the Ebola virus.

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