Sierra Leone officially establishes Ebola recovery fund

Geographic representation of Ebola cases in West Africa as of Dec. 13. | Courtesy of the WHO
The Sierra Leone Ebola Recovery Fund (SLERF) has been formally established, according to government and United Nations (UN) officials.

This fund aims to support the country’s recovery strategy following the outbreak. The government of Sierra Leone is currently seeking contributions; it has also allocated $1 million toward the fund.

The announcement reports that SLERF will play an important role in the transition from response to recovery efforts. The National Ebola Recovery Strategy (NERS) will be carried out in two phases. The first is to ensure that the disease is not reintroduced in the country and to ensure that additional cases do not appear. Once Ebola cases reach zero, the second phase will initiate, facilitating recovery priorities in the health, energy, education, water and social services. Within this phase, measures will be implemented that foster economic growth and recovery of the private sector in Sierra Leone.

This fund follows the model used by the International UN Ebola Conference that was held in July. This event was able to garner $3.4 billion to support Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Through SLERF, the government is seeking donations from those that donated to the UN Ebola Conference.

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