The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to give $50 million for Ebola Battle
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the world, on Wednesday pledged $50 million to fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This marks the biggest emergency donation in the organization's history.
In July, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had given a grant of $1 million to support emergency efforts against Ebola. As the number of cases of Ebola increased, the foundation decided to fight against the disease in a bigger way. On Wednesday, the foundation announced to give $50 million to speed up development of treatment.
Foundation president Chris Elias said, "We've been tracking it very closely. It became clear to us over the last seven to nine days that the scope and pace of this Ebola outbreak is unlike anything we've seen before".
According to a report of The World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has killed about 2,300 people while more than 4,000 infections have been reported yet. WHO Officials informed that the actual numbers could be much higher.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's president Chris Elias said that the efforts may take six to nine more months to control the outbreak.
According to Elias, a big part of the fund will be given to World Health Organization and the international organizations that are directly fighting with the outbreak. The funds will be used in buying supplies and to expand emergency operations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and several other countries, where a lot of people would infected from Ebola virus.
Elias said that a part of funds will be given for research and development on drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. He expects that researchers will develop some of the products soon for use in the outbreak.
The pledge also includes $10 million that the foundation has given earlier to set up treatment centers and buy supplies.
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