USAID to contribute $266 million to support Ebola recovery efforts

USAID to contribute $266 million to support Ebola recovery efforts. | Courtesy of USAID
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Friday that it will be contributing $266 million in order to facilitate a portion of the recovery efforts in countries heavily affected by Ebola.

"As we continue on the road to zero cases, we are here to support the people of West Africa as they begin the long process of rebuilding and restoring their livelihoods," Acting USAID Administrator Alfonso Lenhartdt said.

This announcement came during the International Ebola Recovery Conference that took place in New York this past week. It was organized by the U.N. Earlier in the outbreak, when the first cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) were being treated in the U.S., the government gave approximately $2 billion in aid and other response measures. This included the support provided by civilian medical and emergency responders to the three most heavily impacted countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Recovery efforts have also been taken on by the U.S. government, facilitating the enhancement of the health systems in West Africa, including health services not related to EVD treatment, and economic support.

The agency states that significant progress has been made in all countries, and that there are fewer than 50 active EVD cases in each country.

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