On Tuesday, September 16, the Board of Directors of the World Bank approved a $105 million dollar emergency response package to confront the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The project consists of three components. The first component ($45m) is to support the Ebola outbreak response plans of the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The second component ($38m) aims to bolster the human resources side of the response, while the third component ($22m) consists of providing food and basic supplies to the quarantined populations and affected households. The full Project Appraisal Document can be found here.
In an effort to streamline and coordinate the international response, the World Bank is channeling this project through the WHO ($83 million) and WFP ($22 million). It is important to see the efforts in this project as part of this bigger picture, with additional funding coming in from the Netherlands, the UN, USAID, DfID, the AfDB, the European Union, and other donors.
Dutch organizations may be able to help in fighting the outbreak, especially those organizations that have quick response capabilities. Examples include medical protective gear, laboratories, and possibly mobile units.
Those organizations who feel they could contribute to the response are urged to go through WHO channels to see what services and products are needed.