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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Donates $50 Million To Fight Ebola in West Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced today it will donate $50 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.The foundation says the money will be used to enable international aid organizations and national governments "to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries."

It will also "work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease." The foundation will give $5 million to the UN’s World Health Organization, $5 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and two $2 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Ebola outbreak, which began in March, has so far infected more than 4,300 people, killing more than half of them. The highest number of casualties has been recorded mostly in Guinea, Senegal and Liberia, but has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria.

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