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African Leaders to Launch $125M Ebola Emergency Battle Plan

In this photo taken on July 8, 2014, Ebola advocacy group Crusaders for Peace, spokesperson Juli Endee, center, educates people on the deadly virus in Paynesville, east of the city Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
In this photo taken on July 8, 2014, Ebola advocacy group Crusaders for Peace, spokesperson Juli Endee, center, educates people on the deadly virus in Paynesville, east of the city Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

 

CONAKRY (AFP) – The head of the World Health Organisation and presidents of the west African countries suffering the world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak were due to meet in Guinea on Friday to launch a US$100 million (S$124.86 million) emergency response plan.

The leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia will gather in Conakry to organise the deployment of “several hundred” medical personnel, the WHO said, to help overstretched workers and facilities struggling with an epidemic which has claimed nearly 730 lives.

The plan will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce WHO’s sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea.

The meeting comes after US, German and French health authorities issued warnings against travel to the three African countries to stop the disease spreading to their shores.

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